Shonky developers targeted by services and amenities provision of new subdivision policy

A example of a Vanuatu subdivision: the provision of amenities such as roads, water and power by developers has historically been poor

A Vanuatu subdivision: historically, the provision of amenities such as roads, water and power by developers has often been poor. Photo: Vanuatu Daily Digest

The big story this weekend is the announcement that the new Subdivision Policy has seen the light of day and no room is being allowed to developers to fail to provide promised services.

A workshop has taken place all week and Lands Minister Regenvanu told Daily Post that services required like electricity, water availability and better roads than when the site was first opened up in such residential areas will considered essential. A private lawyer was consulted to draft changes for the new subdivision regulations. John Mulally of Barrett and Partners is attending to the task.

Minister for Lands Ralph Regenvanu said the new policy will see an improved quality of life for residents of such areas with suitable standards of amenity, access, health and safety. Developers will be required to provide a plot for green space, another for commercial activities, another for a primary school and another for a clinic. He said “it will provide equity for all landowners and residents including present and future generations by taking into consideration cultural and environmental values attached to the land being subdivided. The process of including amendments continues into the beginning of 2017.