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Decree Law No. 25/2021

Publication: Republic Diary No. 61/2021, Series I of 2021-03-29
  • Issuer: Presidency of the Council of Ministers
  • Diploma Type: Decree Law
  • Number: 25/2021
  • Pages: 8 - 15

Summary in plain english

What is it?

This decree-law changes the legal scheme of territorial management instruments.

What is going to change?

The deadline for including land classification and qualification rules in municipal or inter-municipal plans will be extended until 31 December 2022.

An interim forecast will be adopted to ensure that the procedures are already in the instruction phase by 31 March 2022.

The suspension mechanism associated to non-compliance with the final deadline for adapting plans is improved. It is necessary that the regional coordination and development commissions identify the areas subject to suspension.

The sectoral plans expressly provided for by law and the regional land management plans in force are assimilated, for all purposes, to sectoral programmes and regional programmes, respectively.

Measures shall be established to ensure that territorial plans are updated as a result of the preparation, amendment or review of special programmes.

The reclassification, through the amendment or review of the territorial plan, of land for the creation or expansion of business areas in the vicinity of urban land is made possible, provided that it is accompanied by the delimitation of an execution unit and the guarantee of the provision of infrastructure and associated services.

The mechanisms for safeguarding the values protected by the territorial programmes in the framework of their transposition to the territorial plans will be strengthened.

The mechanism for ratifying municipal master plans is clarified. The object of the ratification is not the municipal master plan, in its entirety, but only the norms of the same that are incompatible with norms of other applicable territorial management instruments.

What advantages does it bring?

This decree-law improves the scheme, solving identified constraints, and grants to the municipalities the necessary conditions so that they can complete the task of adopting the soil classification and qualification rules in municipal or inter-municipal plans.

When does it enter into force?

This decree-law enters into force on the first day of the month following the date of its publication, ensuring, however, the continuity of the deadline set out in the law for updating master plans to include the soil classification and qualification rules in municipal or inter-municipal plans.

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