Zoning office may get $2M for implementation of blighted property law

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THE Office of Planning and Development has applied for a $2 million federal grant to fund the zoning office implementation of Saipan Local Law 20-25 or the Nuisance Abatement and Blighted Property Maintenance Act of 2018, OPD Director Kodep Ogumoro-Uludong said.

After the enactment of the law, the zoning office conducted a series of meetings with community members, businesspersons, developers, property owners, and other individuals in different villages.

Zoning Board Chairman Mariano Taitano said they want to ensure that the community fully understand the law before it is implemented.

But he said they also need sufficient funding to implement the law.

The zoning office, he added, will be the lead enforcement agency and will collaborate with the Office of Planning and Development, the Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality, the Department of Public Works, and other government agencies in the implementation of the law.

Ogumoro-Uludong noted that the zoning office is a member of the OPD advisory council.

We are happy with our continued working relationship with the zoning office,” he added.

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