The board of directors of the Urban Agency of Casablanca held a meeting regarding the finalization of the planned development projects in the different areas of the city. Three plans are still under development before landing in front of the local technical committee or CTL namely Echellalate, Nouaceur and Mejjatia Ouled Taleb. Sidi Belyout, Mechouar and Médiouna are being examined by the local technical committee chaired by the Urban Agency.
According to Mohamed Dekkak, Chairman and Founder of Adgeco Group, the city of Casablanca as Morocco’s economic and business capital can take advantage the ongoing and upcoming development plans to boost its standing in the international market. Foreign investments will flow as the services, and business opportunities will be improved. With the plans on the table for approval, the chosen areas will also have the opportunity to improve their tourism industry by promoting and encouraging more visitors to experience the developments that have been accomplished.
The members of the local technical committee include the wali or the governor of the prefecture or the province concerned; the director of the Urban Agency, the presidents of the professional chambers, the representatives of the urban planning and provincial departments and the National Defense Administration. According to the regulation, all members of the committee must validate these plans before submitting them to the public inquiry and the deliberation of the municipal council. This process will run for about two months.
In terms of area, the coverage rate by the development plans will be 96% for the prefecture of Casablanca; 77% for the prefecture of Mohammedia; 83% for the province of Nouaceur; and 55% for the province of Médiouna. According to an architect, the course through the community is compulsory, but its opinion is not decisive. After the examination of the citizens’ requests by a central commission chaired by the Ministry of Town Planning, the draft plan is approved and published by decree.
Sidi Hajjaj Oued Hassar’s development plan is the last one to have been endorsed by the committee. It is also approved and therefore becomes effective against third parties. Three development plans are to be finalized for transmission to the CTL. They are Sidi Belyout, Mechouar and Mediouna. They have not gone through the process for about two years.The development plans are the urban planning documents, drawing on the urban planning master plan, which defines the right to use land within the territories to which they apply. They are still very much anticipated by real estate developers.
Among the thirty-six management plans drawn up since 2010, 30 development programs have entered into force to date which equals to 80% of the Urban Agency of Casablanca’s intervention area. The development plan covers the following areas: Hay Mohammadi, Sidi Moumen, Ain Sebâa, Sidi Moussa, Moussay Rachid, Sidi Moussen, Sidi Othmane, Sbata, Ben M’Sick, Ain Chock, and the development and maintenance of the old Medina.
Furthermore, Mohammedia, El Mansouria, Ouled Saleh, Dar Bouazza, Lahraouiyine, Ouled Azzouz, Ben Yekhlef, Bouskoura, Tit Mellil and Ain Harrouda – who also integrate the sector Zenata-, Ain Harrouda Center and finally Sidi Hajjaj Oued Hassar are also covered by the programs.