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16-12-2020
According to the Real Estate Development and Investment Law No. 15 of 2008, so-called “real estate development zones” include properties both within and outside zoning plans. The properties needed to set up a real estate development zone are secured either from state property, from the properties of the local administrative unit, the private properties of development companies or from the properties of private individuals.
09-12-2020
The city of Damascus has seen three zoning plans: the first issued in 1937, followed by another in 1968 and another in 2001. Since 2015, there has been talk of issuing new zoning plans yet again.
09-12-2020
Zoning plans transform makeshift, informally built neighbourhoods into organised areas—that is, from zones with building violations where construction is not legally permitted into areas where builders can obtain construction permits, allowing for services to be delivered. Zoning plans are the mechanism through which the laws and decrees of real estate development and zoning are implemented, and informal residential areas are eliminated.
09-12-2020
Hama governorate is carrying out a major demolition campaign against what it calls “building violations” in various parts of Hama city. The campaign has targeted housing, warehouses, and factories whose rubble was seized while the owners of the properties were transferred to the judiciary.
09-12-2020
The opposition-affiliated city council for Al-Bab in northern Aleppo governorate announced on November 9 that a committee tasked with surveying properties in the city’s Jabal Aqeil district would soon finish its work. The council called on real estate and landowners in the district to review the survey by no later than December 9 in case they have objections.
02-12-2020
On November 20, a delegation from Russia’s Ministry of Construction, Housing and Utilities visited a new large-scale residential development under construction in the western Damascus countryside. Accompanying the Russian delegation were representatives from the Syrian Ministry of Public Works and Housing and the General Housing Establishment (GHE).
02-12-2020
Since it regained control over wide swathes of the southern Idlib countryside in late 2019, the Syrian government has deliberately transformed the city of Khan Sheikhoun into an administrative centre for Idlib governorate, while the opposition maintains control over Idlib city.
02-12-2020
In the first step of its kind, an opposition-affiliated municipal council in northern Syria adopted zoning plans made for the town when it was under Syrian government control. More importantly, the plans were adopted after obtaining the agreement of town residents, which may be the first time such a step has been taken since the Baath Party took over in 1963.
02-12-2020
Property confiscation and expropriation in Syria are often addressed from an administrative and legal viewpoint, while property owners and their stories are ignored. In this short story, The Syria Report attempts to add a human dimension to a true story of property confiscation. Several personal details have been omitted to protect the property owner’s family.
25-11-2020
Syria’s housing needs are greater than ever—and the issue must be included in reconstruction strategies, as active warfare dies down in much of the country, argues Syrian economist Samir Aita in a new report, Urban Recovery Framework for Post-Conflict Housing in Syria, published in September 2020.