On October 22, 2016, HRH Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdul Aziz, chairman of the High Commission for the Development of Arriyadh, chaired ADA first meeting of 1438H.
Speaking to the press, HRH Prince Faisal bin Bandar said the “meeting discussed the Comprehensive Plan for the Development of Riyadh National Park and the key efforts needed to utilize its eco-tourism potentials.”
HRH also referred that the gathering discussed the project of “360° panoramic imaging of Riyadh’s roads and buildings”, which offers a variety of services for a wide range of government agencies as well as the private sector. HRH also hailed approval of the Riyadh Road Network Priority List of 1438-1439H during the meeting.
“The meeting also approved the development regulations for a 120 meter wide area surrounding Riyadh Metro stations and lines to protect the public transport project infrastructure,” HRH added.
According to HE Engr. Ibrahim bin Muhammad Al-Sultan, member of the High Commission for Development of Arriyadh and President of Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA), the meeting approved the Comprehensive Plan for the Development of Al-Aridh National Park and classified the 4400-km2 area of the park as a “Special Development Area” under supervision of the High Commission for the Development of Arriyadh.
“The meeting approved the formation of a High Supervisory Committee headed by HRH Governor of Riyadh and Chairman of the High Commission for the Development of Arriyadh, and membered by representatives of the concerned agencies to approve the detailed projects and plans for the development of the Park,“ Al-Sultan said, adding that the Comprehensive Plan has been submitted to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques for final approval.
The meeting was briefed on the project of the “360° panoramic imaging of Riyadh’s roads and buildings”. The images are 30-meter wide, and cover all metropolitan streets and roads with a total length of 7600 km.
The meeting approved Riyadh Road Network Priority List of 1438-1439H, which covers 19 items including 68-km of ring roads, 36.5-km of arterial roads, 74-km of freeways and 9 key metropolitan intersections.
The meeting also approved development regulations for the 120 meter wide area surrounding Riyadh Metro stations and lines (60 meters at each side) to protect the public transport project infrastructure and facilities. The regulations included submission of all applications for obtaining building permits and licenses related to activities within this 120-meter area to the High Commission for the Development of Arriyadh for review and approval.
Furthermore, the meeting passed amendments to construction regulations in a number of streets in metropolitan neighborhoods including Ghubairah, Manfuha, Al-’Amal, and Utaiqah to address the incompatible building laws applicable to the old parts of these neighborhoods.
The meeting also consented two requests for amending the building regulations of a number of Riyadh-based public and private projects, including request by a private investor to build an 80,000-m2 housing city for expatriate workers southwest of Riyadh.