As reported by NusaBali, a member of Commission B of the Badung House of Representatives (DPRD-Badung), Wayan Suyasa, is calling on greater attention to be paid to local regulations requiring all hotels and villas in Bali to incorporate Balinese architectural elements.
Suyasa bemoaned the fact that not only do many structures in Bali have no architectural connection to Balinese culture; but also ignore other zoning and building rules addressing minimum setbacks from roads, rivers and oceans; and coefficient ratios requiring 40% of any home or project be reserved for open lawns and gardens.
“Just look at the new buildings around us. There are so many where the Bali-style has been lost. This is, in my opinion, most concerning,” said Suyasa.
The lawmaker called on Badung leaders to enforce the rules and ensure that Balinese culture is not being obliterated in the building boom now underway.
As if He Didn't Already Know?
In what sounded very much like insincere perfunctory lip service, Ketut Martha of the agency charged with enforcing zoning and building rules (Satpol PP) profusely thanked Suyasa for his comments, saying everyone is entitled to express their views and such opinions will help improve the development underway in the regency of Badung.
At the same time, Martha promised he would follow up on Suyasa’s comments with surveys in the field, ending by adding, ”Once more I thank everyone for their criticism and input.”
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