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Soaring Eyesores on their Way?

Government Explores Ways to Allow High-Rise Buildings in Bali.

(11/12/2007) Steps are underway that, if successful, will pave the way for the construction of high-rise buildings in Bali. Current regulations in force prohibit the construction of buildings that stand higher than 15 meters, the approximate height of a tall coconut tree.

The Chief of Bali's Provincial Planning Board (BAPPENDA) Drs. Made Adijaya and the Head of Bali's Public Works Department Nyoman Sudiana told the Bali Post that a change in the current policy would be "studied" starting from 2008 as a means of relieving increasing land pressures on the Island.

The current building code covering building height is covered by Provincial Regulation No. 3 of 2005 (clause 30) that limits building heights to 15 meters except in the cases of towers, electrical pillars and light houses.

A special team has been assigned to study possible changes in zoning regulations looking for ways to accommodate local objections to taller buildings against the growing need for more land in Bali. One suggested change to the current rules to appease local religious feelings calls for prohibitting buiuldings taller than 15 meters in areas in close proximity to religious sites.

One planning spokesman was quoted by the Bali Post as saying "if we don't review this problem, (Bali) will eventually see all its productive land turned into building sites."