New Abu Dhabi regulations ensures full community facilities for neighbourhoods

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The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) has unveiled new regulations that requires every neighbourhood to be complete with a full range of community services and facilities over the coming years.

The new Abu Dhabi Community Facility Planning Standards (CFPS) stated that specific social, educational, cultural, recreational and healthcare facilities must be provided in both new and existing communities across the Emirate.

Depends on various factors such as size, demographics and the needs of the development, facilities such as police stations, sports centres, schools and hospitals may be included.

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The document includes details on the required number, type and location of community facilities in project proposals aimed for government agencies, developers and planners.

One of these policies states that a community between 6,000 and 10,000 residents must have an access to a “Neighbourhood Centre” consisting of a community centre, a police point, an early-learning centre and a small medical clinic.

What is called a “District Centre” applied to developments of 30,000 to 40,000 and is set to include a post office, a large health clinic, a library, sports centre, municipal offices as well as a community support centre.

Eng. Amer Al Hammadi, executive director, Planning and Infrastructure Sector, UPC, said: “The launch of our Abu Dhabi Community Facility Planning Standards is another important milestone for the UPC and for the future development of the Emirate in line with Vision 2030.

“The Government recognises that successful, healthy and sustainable communities are well served by a full range of community facilities that are appropriate to residents’ needs and which are accessible to all. The Standards set out how this will be achieved.

“The CFPS will ensure that community facilities are considered right from the start of the planning process so that everyone in Abu Dhabi has equal access to community facilities, which is a clear direction from our Leadership. This direction has resulted in a truly collaborative process with all stakeholders involved.”

To download a copy of the Abu Dhabi Community Facility Planning Standards, please follow the link: http://www.upc.gov.ae/template/upc/pdf/CFPS-EN.pdf

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