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.