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A Call to Demolish Unlicensed Commercial Villas

Despite Demands of Local Legislators, Regional Governments Reluctant to Get Too Tough with Illegal Villas.

(1/16/2008) The Regional Legislative Council (DPRD) in Tabanan is calling on the Regent and Governor to demolish illegal luxury villas built in the Tabanan Regency of Bali.

Prompting the demand, according to Bali Post, are a number of villas standing along Kelecung Beach who do not posses the required building permits. The villas were the subject a formal complaint sent by the village of Tegal Mengkeb, East Selemadeg to the Regional government of Tabanan. The lack of a formal response from the Regional Government has angered DPRD – Tabanan members who called on the Executive to take firm steps – including the demolition of villas without the required permits or found in violation of local zoning regulations.

I Kade Oka Arianta, a member of Commission I of DPRD –Tabanan, told the press that the illegal villas are not private residences but actually commercial accommodation providers. Insisting that he was not personally opposed to investment, Arianta, said those wishing to invest in Tabanan must nonetheless be compelled to follow all rules and regulations, including the requirement to honor zoning restraints, seek community acceptance of each project and create a financial benefit to the surrounding communities.

Arianta told the Bali Post that a visit to the beachside villas confirmed that the owners do not hold legal building permits and that the structures were built without reference to local zoning rules.

A local official in Tabanan has confirmed Arianta's allegations, but insisted a "neutral" solution must be found that does not disadvantage the regional government or the investor, or deter future investors from undertaking project in the region.