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MDA insists its Budget proposals as agreed before general election

Saturday, September 16th, 2017

The Malta Developers Association presented a substantial document with concrete proposals for Budget 2018, some of which can be implemented immediately.

MDA President Sandro Chetcuti, who headed a delegation of Council members, augured that the Prime Minister and his Government would continue to achieve further progress and success in its endeavours to take the country to the next level. He praised Government’s initiatives that have truly brought the best of times in terms of employment and a booming economy.

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Both PN leadership contenders request meeting with MDA

Sunday, September 10th, 2017

The two Nationalist Party leadership contenders, Dr Adrian Delia and Dr Chris Said, held separate meetings with the Malta Developers Association Council. The meetings, held at the request of the two candidates, turned out to be two long, fruitful discussions.

Both Dr Delia and Dr Said acknowledged the good work of the MDA and its highly valid contribution to the country.

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MDA SUBMISSION TO MEPA ON FAR

The Malta Developers Association refers to the notice outlining the objectives of a proposed review of the Floor Area Ratio (FAR) issued by MEPA for public consultation.
MDA is disappointed at the way the document was formulated because, contrary to what it purports to do, many objectives that justify the application of a FAR policy are conspicuous by their absence while the document includes details of policies that should result form a proper assessment of objectives.

The document suggests restrictions with which MDA does not agree and that, in any case, should have been formulated as part of the policies themselves and not at this stage when only the objectives of the review of FAR is being suggested. Eliminating certain possibilities that could be justified and make sense in particular circumstances even before the policies are reviewed is illogical and counter-productive.
Among these arbitrary restrictions that the document seeks to impose without the proper consideration of the issues that they raise, MDA points out:
1. The necessity that sites must be surrounded by streets from all sides to be eligible for FAR.
2. The outright and automatic elimination of applying FAR in any part of Gozo.
3. The imposition of a minimum ‘open space’ of 50% of the site area, whatever the circumstances.

The MDA would have expected a statement of objectives to give a clear indication, through the use of graphics, if necessary, of the types of urban environments (in different locations) that the Government would like to see attained through the application of a well thought out FAR policy and the way it would like the property markets to function. Furthermore, one has to ensure that policies are designed in manners that render the substantial financial risks taken by developers worth their while. In other words, it would be pointless for a policy statement to be made if the viability of the operations of the affected service providers (in this case, the developers) is of little or no consideration. The document does not give any indication of this and simply issues a framework policy which does not appear to have been studied in depth.
For the past weeks MDA has been preparing a serious proposal on the review of FAR because it believes tat such a policy can lead to greater design quality and more public open spaces in urban zones.
We are therefore submitting this document at this stage so that the discussion on the review of the FAR policy can be carried out without any arbitrary pre-conditions imposed even before such a discussion takes place.

Michael Falzon
President
Malta Developers Association

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