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In Bali, the Best Laid Plans May be Ignored

Bali Legislators Call for Pasha Kondotel to be Closed for Building Code Violations.

(4/26/2010) NusaBali reports that a Condotel project currently being built in Kuta is in violation of a number of building and zoning codes.

During a visit by members of Commission B of the Bali House of Representatives (DPRD-Bali) on April 16, 2010, to the Pasha Kondotel on Jalan Oberoi in Seminyak, the legislators were unable to meet with the owner of the project, having to content themselves with talking to a member of the Condotel's staff.

Following the inspection, the chairman of Commission B, I Putu Parwata, said the project was in violation of the 15-meter height restriction with the current structure standing 15.4 meters. Moreover, on the roof of the 5-storey building the owners have incorporated a swimming pool and restaurant.

I Wayan Puspa Negara, a member of the commission said : "Clearly there is a violation. After we inspected the location the height of the building exceeds current regulations, and that doesn't include the roof. The roof is also not in compliance with the issued building permit. Balinese ornaments and architectural styles are also required."

The legislators also said there were indications that the building violate 2.5 meter "set back" rules from the road.

During the inspection an argument ensued between the commission members and the construction project team with the legislators claiming the actual building did not comply with the plans approved in the building permit.

After the inspection the lawmakers called on the Community Police (Pamong Praja) to check on the project and halt its construction pending a review by the developers and zoning board.

If the perceived shortcomings are confirmed the legislators are in no mood for compromise, insisting the building be brought into compliance with its approved building plans.