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Port City Colombo’s DCR now enforced

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The Development Control Regulations of Sri Lanka (DCR), introduced by Port City Colombo, was gazetted recently and is now being enforced. An awareness programme on the DCR conducted by the Colombo Port City Economic Commission was held at Port City Colombo.

Colombo Port City Economic Commission Acting Director General Dr. Priyath Bandu Wickrama chaired the programme and explained the importance of introducing the DCR, which can be a benchmark to other city developments in Sri Lanka. Dr. Wickrama explained the role and responsibility of other Government stakeholder agencies in implementing the DCR within Port City Colombo.

Coastal Conservation Resources Management Department Director General Eng. Ranawake; Civil Aviation Authority Director General Capt. Themiya Samantha; Fire Department Chief Fire Officer P.D.K.A. Wilson; Road Development Authority Director General L.V.S. Weerakoon; Urban Development Authority Chairman Lalith Wijeratne; National Building Research Organisation Director General Dr. Asiri Karunawardane; National Building Research Organisation Senior Scientist Chinthaka Rathnasiri; Central Environment Authority Deputy Director General – Environmental Protection Dr. Sanjaya Rathnayake; Central Environment Authority Deputy Director General of the Environmental Management and Assessment Division N.S Gamage; Central Environment Authority Director – Legal Manjula Wimalasena; China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) Port City Manager – Urban Planning Aruna Bandara; and CHEC Port City Consultant W.A.D.D. Wijesooriya also attended the awareness programme.

The DCR for Port City Colombo are formed to benefit developers, residents, investors, and every other stakeholder, including the surrounding community.

It will regulate the development intensity, set up, and height of buildings on any of Port City Colombo’s plots, and serve as an effective planning tool to regulate development in a logical and orderly fashion.

The DCR provides landowners and developers with a clear picture of what can be developed on any particular plot within the city.

The DCR is divided into four volumes; Urban Design, Utility, Landscape, and Sustainability. The development control regulations establish a framework for the development of building masses, land uses, solid void ratios, green and public spaces, localised characteristics, utility network and usage, and sustainability measures, among other things. The sustainable solutions include means to reduce net water consumption through the implementation of water conservation measures and use of low-water consumption fixtures, fittings, and equipment, whilst the use of renewable energy solutions, methods to enhance environmental quality, recycling of wastewater and disposal, improved public space and sustainable transport methods etc. have been taken into account as well.

Spanning over 269 hectares (ha) of land reclaimed from the ocean, Port City Colombo will be Sri Lanka’s first planned city, where everything will be within walking or cycling distance. Roads, cycling lanes, walking paths, and locations of buildings are all planned to make everything accessible with little or no motorisation.

The DCR plays a key role in achieving Port City Colombo’s vision of becoming a “world-class city for South Asia”, generating business, tourism, and supporting a high quality of life.

The DCR was introduced by the project company, CHEC Port City Colombo, in 2018. It was prepared by Singapore-based Subrana Jurong, one of Asia’s largest urban, industrial, and infrastructure consulting firms with technical assistance from the UK-based prominent engineering consultancy firm, Atkins. The DCR was incorporated into the Port City master plan which was designed by a Swedish-based planning consultant, SWECO. The DCR was further evaluated by the Urban Development Authority of Sri Lanka and related Government agencies before it was gazetted.

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