DEVELOPMENT CONTROL REGULATIONS- ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW
Set of rules that are designed to ensure the proper and efficient development of a city, as well as the general welfare of the public, are commonly known as Development Control Regulations .Development Control Regulations are a set of rules that are planned to ensure the proper and effective development of a city, as well as the general welfare of the public. Regulation is necessary to ensure planned development. It depends on a “plan-led system” whereas development plans are made and the public is consulted.
It is a mechanism that controls the development and use of land. This involves the construction of new buildings, the extension of the existing ones, and the change of use of the building or land to another use. Developing new houses/industrial buildings/shops are important for supporting economic progress. At the same time, it is also necessary to protect or improve the quality of towns, villages, countryside, etc.
Under the DCR, the Metropolitan Commissioner is the supreme authority for review of its provisions and his decision would be final. The Metropolitan Commissioner could use his power to approve provisions of these regulations excluding the provisions associated with FSI.
NEED FOR DEVELOPMENT CONTROL REGULATIONS
It is imperative that development rules affect the overall fabric and personality of a city. So, to amplify the growth of a city, such regulations should fulfil the public interest and general welfare of the community and should be competent enough to satisfy the basic needs of the public such as health, safety, convenience, economy and amenity. Development Control Regulations are a must for every growing city because the area immediately beyond the city limits is often a source of health risk to the city and generally under no strict control of the effective local authority.
TYPES OF DEVELOPMENT CONTROL REGULATIONS CONTROLS
- Town and Country Planning: Forming strategies and implementing them to provide better infrastructure for the people, in line with their requirements.
- Zoning Regulations: It deals with the allocation of land for specific purposes and keeping a check on the use of land, and overall construction and height of buildings.
- Slum Clearance: Reducing the number of slums and ensuring the rehabilitation of inhabitants.
- Building Bye-Laws: They are a set of regulations imposed on developers which must be mandatorily met to construct legally-sound buildings. It involves acquiring all set of clearances and abiding by the Indian Building Code.
- Periphery Control: To protect the peripheral land that comes under the jurisdiction of a State from all sorts of encroachments and illegal use.
- Land Acquisition: Acquiring land for governmental projects and compensating the landowners.
OBJECTIVES OF THE DEVELOPMENT CONTROL REGULATIONS
- To stop the unfavorable demand and misuse of land.
- To assist private interest along with public interest in all phases of development.
- Development control is legal in nature and the planning authority has the power to punish the defaulters.
- To control and limit overcrowding on land.
- To control the private development as per the required rules in connection to public safety, health, and convenience.