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Bali Developers Must Keep Their Distance from the Beach

Gianyar Officials in Bali Stop Villa Project Violating the 100 Meter Setback from the High Water Mark Rule.

(2/22/2010) DenPost reports that many investors building villas and hotels in the Balinese regency of Gianyar are ignoring existing zoning regulations that require a 100 meter setback from the high water mark or local river banks.

The head of Gianyar's Planning Department, IB Nyoman Rai, recently undertook an inspection of the Keramas Beach area together with the local chief of public works, the regency's law chief, economic officer, the sub district head of Blahbatuh and a village leader from Keramas.

Strangely absent from the official tour was a representative from the Coordinated Licensing Office (BPPT), the agency responsible for licensing building projects in Gianyar.

The officials examined an area proposed for a new hotel investment on Keramas beach as well as a number of existing villas in the area.

The officials found a number of buildings standing in violation of the 100-meter setback from the hide-tide mark. One project - Villa Diamond - was told to stop construction when officials found it being built too close to the shoreline.

According to the team of officials setback rules are immutable and must be obeyed.