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PLANNING AND URBAN MANAGEMENT AGENCY

                                        Talofa and Welcome.

Our Vision:

“Safeguard Samoa’s future and existing natural and physical environment”

Our Mission:

“To plan and manage developments that provide better development outcomes for green growth”

Agency Structure

The Agency consists of a Planning and Urban Management Board (the Board), a divisional head and appointed officers and employees.  The Agency’s functions and responsibilities are classified under three sections, namely Strategic Planning Section, Sustainable Development Section and Urban Management Section.

 

Planning and Urban Management Board

The Board meets every month or as when confirmed by the Chairman. Board member composite includes 10 members. These include five government representatives and five community representatives as determined from time to time by Cabinet acting on the advice of the Minister.

 

 

ABOUT THE AGENCY

ABOUT THE AGENCY

Overview, roles and functions

The Planning and Urban Management Agency (Agency) was formed in 2002, and was the first real effort to address national and urban planning and development issues through strategic and statutory instruments. The Agency operates under the Planning and Urban Management Act (the Act) and subsequent regulations. The Act created the Agency and Board as a statutory authority responsible for:

 ·         Preparing strategic urban planning tools such as planning provisions, plans, and development standards;

 ·         Development consent and compliance of development activity;

 ·         Environmental impact control and compliance;

 ·         Establishes the Planning Tribunal; and

 ·         Enforcement provisions.

The Agency sees its mission as “development regulatory and strategic planning for a prosperous Samoa”. This requires the Agency to put into practice the notion of sustainable development in controlling the built environment.

 The Agency regulatory model is based on international planning and resource management law and practice.

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