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‘Formentera, every corner counts’: 137 upgrades and beautification projects and €1m-plus in investment

foto 2021 cada raco BThe Formentera Department of Land is pleased to present its appraisal of “Formentera es cuida a cada racó” (Formentera, every corner counts). Department chief Rafael González gave a positive assessment of the campaign, which, from November to 30 April, saw islanders carrying out 137 projects to improve or beautify areas of the island.

González described the pandemic relief initiative, which logged €1,039,051 in total investment, as “an image-enhancement success” and, considering associated activity for islanders employed in construction, painting and maintenance, “a boost for the local economy”.

Simplified subsidy requests
To encourage improvements, the island’s government made requesting permits easier and subsidised planning fees and taxes, reducing one related tax by 95% (the legal limit) and eliminating fees and the public thoroughfare occupancy tax outright. All told, islanders and hometown businesses have seen savings of €42,342, with what would typically be €44,160 in fees and taxes reduced to just €1,818.

González insisted that, heritage sites aside, simplified permit requests were here to stay. Under new rules, plans to carry out upkeep and uprades must be communicated to the OAC (Citizen Information Office) and OVAC (Virtual Citizen Information Office) 24 hours in advance, or ten days in advance for work not involving expanded square metres.

12 May 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Es retarda al 15 de maig l’aplicació de l’ordenança que prohibeix la realització d’obres que ocasionin molèsties als nuclis urbans i zones turístiques

El Consell de Formentera, a través de l’àrea de Territori, informa que el 15 de maig entrarà en vigor l’ordenança de remors i vibracions que prohibeix la realització d’obres que puguin ocasionar molèsties als nuclis urbans o zones turístiques. Habitualment l’ordenança està en vigor entre l’1 de maig i el 15 d’octubre, segons ha recordat el conseller de l’àrea, Rafael González, que ha destacat que “aquest any l’hem posposat 15 dies, ja que l’inici de la temporada turística també s’ha retardat, i així permetem que es continuï fomentant l’economia local i que es puguin finalitzar certes obres que també a causa de la crisi originada per la covid han pogut patir retards”.

Recordam que cada temporada en els nuclis urbans o zones turístiques només es poden executar les obres que no ocasionin molèsties tals com remors i vibracions que normalment són produïdes per excavacions i construccions de fonaments i estructures. També queda prohibida l’ocupació de via pública amb bastides.

D’altra banda, cal destacar que sí que es podran realitzar obres menors o interiors que no ocasionin molèsties al veïnat i d’altres motivades per la reparació d’avaries en les conduccions existents que han de ser solucionades per motius de seguretat i/o salubritat, o obres urgents que no admetin dilació, amb sol·licitud prèvia que s’haurà d’analitzar i resoldre, cas per cas, per part del Consell.

26 d’abril de 2021
Àrea de Comunicació
Consell de Formentera

Formentera sends out 150 notes advocating aesthetic improvements of urban buildings

foto 2021 cada racoThe Formentera land office has sent roughly 150 notes pressing urban property owners to perform aesthetic improvements of building facades. The Consell de Formentera had planned to evaluate the appearance of buildings and, where appropriate, advocate upgrades.

The notes are part of a campaign called “Formentera, every corner counts” (Formentera es cuida a cada racó) that was launched in November and is scheduled to continue until 30 April seeking to encourage business owners and regular islanders to do their part to beautify local towns. Land chief Rafael González described the initiative as a coil-spring to Formentera’s economy and hometown firms that specialise in fields like construction, painting and maintenance.

Simplified process and rebates
In an effort to encourage aesthetic enhancements, local government has simplified the permit process and will rebate fees and taxes associated with construction and upgrades. Fees are rebated in full, taxes are rebated at a rate of 95% (the legal maximum) and fees for occupation of the public thoroughfare are rebated in full.

Islanders doing small-scale works on non-heritage sites must notify the Consell in person at the Citizen Information Office (OAC) or online on the Virtual Citizen Information Office (OVAC) one day before starting. Work on non-heritage sites which does not involve increased square metres may commence 10 days after notice is given.

More details
Formalities can be completed on the OVAC and related inquiries will be fielded via email at urbanisme@conselldeformentera.cat or in person at the Formentera Department of Urbanism (Àrea d’Urbanisme). Call 971.32.10.87 to schedule an appointment.

9 March 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Consell de Formentera halts illegal construction on Estany Pudent canal

foto 2021 obres il.legalsThe local offices of inspection and land have ordered crews to cease installation of a sluice gate on the canal connecting Estany Pudent to the nearby sea. The individuals executing the work had failed to notify local departments of environment, heritage and land.

Local inspection services, Formentera Local Police and agents of the regional environment ministry and coastal authority arrived on the scene after the island’s inspection services received news at 10.00am this morning of activity in a highly ecologically fragile area of Ses Salines nature reserve. A case will be opened to determine what legal action is pursued.

5 March 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Formentera ditches permits for remodels with no change to surface area

The Formentera Land Department reminds property-owners of non-heritage sites that, short of add-ons, improvements may be performed as early as ten days after notifying the administration of intent. “Whether notice is given in-person at the OAC or online on the OVAC”, said land chief Rafael González, “work can start within ten days if the surface area isn’t affected.”

Minor work on non-heritage sites can begin just one day after plans are communicated. “The idea is to simplify legwork on projects that don’t involve expanded square metres”, said Ramírez. “We wanted to make things easier for regular islanders and construction firms”, he added, highlighting hopes the change would serve to lighten the workload of the FLD.

Permit fee rebates
Until 30 April, “Formentera, every corner counts” seeks to offer pandemic relief and re-energise the local economy and hometown construction firms by offering a full rebate of fees for small works permits and a 95% rebate on fees for standard project permits.

11 February 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

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