The municipal government of PSOE, IU and Adelante San Miguel supported the processing of the modifying homologation of the R-4 sector of the Subsidiary Standards in the Philippines for the requalification of 26,105 square meters of rustic land, located in a flood zone, according to Patricova (Territorial Action Plan for the Prevention of Flood Risk in the Valencian Community) to residential and commercial developable land. This procedure, which must now have the approval of the Generalitat, materializes agreements contracted by the previous Popular Party government.
The former councilor for Urban Planning of the PP, current spokesman for that party in the opposition and urban planning lawyer Sergio Correas He did not attend either the government commission prior to the session, where the matters that go to the plenary session are ruled, nor the plenary session itself where the matter was discussed, on March 25.
According to the documentation presented by the promoter companies, the previous municipal government of the PP made a commitment with the mercantile companies to the urban requalification of this sector with the promise of making effective its reserve of urban use equivalent to 1,312,27 square meters in this sector due to the transfer of two parcels that were formerly segregated from the parent farm. In 2004 it was a plot of 11,830 square meters that was used for the construction of a private school with a reserve of use of 3,195 m² -of which 1,045 square meters would be executed in this sector- and, in 2019 the property ceded another 266, 75 m² for the construction of a roundabout.
In 2006, a few months after the approval of the defunct PGOU, the companies bought the farm and the use reserve applicable to this sector, which was included in urban planning as developable land. In 2012, the City Council released the rules for the award of a development agent to public information; but its development was not of interest and it was left deserted. In 2015 the PGOU was annulled by the Supreme Court and the land returned to its condition of rustic land. However, in 2019 in the final stretch of the mandate, the PP once again reaffirmed its commitment to the company by signing the assignment of 266, 75 m² to build a roundabout conditional on the requalification of the sector.
With the change of government in the City Council after the 2019 elections, the mercantile companies reactivated the urban procedure and demanded that the Town Hall comply with the commitments acquired. Real estate companies are now asking the City Council to compensate them with the requalification or to expropriate them. On August 1, 2020, an advance of the partial plan prior to the processing of the Strategic Environmental and Territorial Assessment was submitted to public information, at the request of the construction companies. In this documentation, the risk of flooding in the area and its classification as floodable by the Patricova were ignored.
The presentation of allegations by the Neighborhood Association of San Miguel Arcángel last August it publicized and modified the processing of this project. The plenary session of March 25, seven months later, dismissed the allegations presented, although it included a study of flooding that it lacked and is transferred to the Ministry of Agriculture and the Environment to rule on the Strategic Environmental and Territorial Assessment. The socialist government validates, “With this measure, without question”, in the words of the neighborhood group “the 16-year urban policy of the previous Popular Party government”. The IU operation, a partner of the PSOE government and which for decades has been especially critical of the PP’s urban management, has not been questioned either.
The current legislation of Patricova and the Territorial Strategy of the Valencian Community (ETCV) rule that “undeveloped land affected by flood hazard may not be reclassified as urban land or developable land “and that planning may not give rise to a” significant increase in the risk of flooding. ” While the ETCV of the Community establishes that future urban developments should be oriented to “risk-free areas” and “avoid the generation of other risks induced in the same place, or in other areas, derived from actions on the territory” . The companies undertake in this study to
For her part, the Councilor for Citizens, Maria Jose Costa Medrano voted against the processing of the procedure, recalling that only the allegations presented by the neighborhood group have allowed a flood study to be carried out that the City Council and the company previously ignored, since it did not exist when the project was presented in July 2020.
In addition, the draft of the partial plan presents different errors. For example, he reports that San Miguel has about 8,300 inhabitants and at another point in the same document it indicates that the register is 7,200, while the National Institute of Statistics reflects a 6,200 census of people in San Miguel.
The company, according to the mayor who was part of the government that initiated the procedure in the previous mandate, indicates in its proposal that the reclassification that would create employment in the municipality for the construction of the supermarket without referring to the construction of tourist townhouses, which are those that generate the highest profit margin in this type of action. The company claims, according to the same sources, that the land is full of weeds when it is its obligation, as the owner, to clean the plots.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.