The Chamber of Architects has stated that the term ‘Barra z-Żona tal-Iżvilupp’ (Outside development Zone) is incorrect and should be completely eliminated.
The Chamber explained in a statement that the term ODZ gives one to understand that no form of development can be carried out in these zones, when in fact there are various types of legitimate development which are necessary to safeguard the character of the rural zone and to accommodate usage which cannot be achieved in urban ones.
The Chamber explained that legitimate developments are still carried out in ODZ, citing as examples rubble walls, the building of a farmhouse, quarrying work and waste disposal. For this reason, it is proposing that instead of the territory remaining indicated as Development Zone and Outside Development Zone, two principal categories should be adopted, these being Urban ones and Rural Zones, and these will be added to Coastal and Maritime Zones.
The statement adds that these categories should be classified into various types of urban and rural typologies which will allow the creation of more focused policies which recognise the characteristics, identity and particular activities pertaining to these classifications.
The Chamber of Architects concluded that the Maltese Islands have an urgent need for a Landscaping Strategy for Rural Zones, which will be specific to each site rather than generic, and which recognises the importance of this national wealth in a holistic manner, without proceeding to accommodate some developer.