Dalipe okays proposal to amend zoning edict

Mayor John Dalipe on Wednesday gave his imprimatur on the proposal to amend the city’s Zoning Ordinance 516 to allow the issuance of temporary business permits to establishments, whose applications for a locational clearance are [still] pending approval by the Zoning Board due to zoning problems.

This, as several businesses in the city have been found operating without business permits– thus, resulting in a significant loss of revenue for the city coffers– due to lack of a locational clearance, a mandatory requirement for the issuance of a business permit.

In a meeting Wednesday, Dalipe shared with the opinion of the city legal officer and other department heads on the need to revisit and amend the Zoning Ordinance.

The main objective is for the city government to collect revenue from business establishments that have long been operating without business permits, only because they failed to secure a location clearance.

The problem with the issuance of a locational clearance lies on the fact that most of the applicants’ businesses do not conform with the zoning guidelines e.g. is a resort on an agricultural land, which needs conversion process that would normally take a year or more before the action, whether approved or denied, is released.

Accordingly, under that circumstance the business establishment still operates but continues to pay the annual business tax.

Present during the meeting were City Administrator Mario Yanga, City Legal Officer Atty. Haydee Gretchen Panganiban, Executive Assistant V Atty. Rochelle Magnolia F. Tamin, City Treasurer Romelita Candido, City Budget Officer Geraldine dela Paz, City Accountant Joan Hamili, OIC City Planning and Development Coordinator Ma. Luz Agbayani, City Licensing Officer Benjie Barredo, City Tourism Officer Sarita Sebastian-Hernandez and representatives from the City Engineer’s Office.-(Vic Larato)