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#504778 - 06/01/15 11:29 AM 5 Story Buildings to be allowed in certain areas  
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For years, developers on Ambergris Caye were not allowed to construct buildings with more than four stories. But due to the increase in property value, Area Representative Manual Heredia Jr. has indicated that after serious discussions, the Government of Belize, through the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, are allowing buildings to have as much as five floors. This is to allow developers to utilize their property to its maximum potential while allowing for landscaping.

A couple of existing developments across the island have already been approved to build five floors. In order to get approved, Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) must be made to confirm that the area of the development can sustain the extra weight and to ensure that a solid foundation can be achieved. ďA couple of months ago, it was decided that in view of the rising property costs, developers were building in the full square footage of their property. They were not leaving any place for greenery, and we donít want this to happen because we want to continue promoting a natural ambiance. The change that has been made is not that significant. While we are allowing buildings to go up an extra floor, they still have to adhere to a set height that the building cannot exceed. The new regulation is only allowing for four feet more than the originally set height of 38 feet. Any building that goes up to five floors will have to have a flat roof,Ē said Heredia.

Currently, considerations for developers to build five floors are only being given in the far south and north of San Pedro Town. Heredia stated that there has been no discussion if whether five floor buildings will even be allowed within the town core.

Click here to read the rest of the article and see more photos in the San Pedro Sun


#504780 - 06/01/15 12:23 PM Re: 5 Story Buildings to be allowed in certain areas [Re: Marty]  
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and only a few years ago the height was limited to 3 floors. Amazing what can be changed


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#504781 - 06/01/15 12:45 PM Re: 5 Story Buildings to be allowed in certain areas [Re: Marty]  
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Five stories crammed into 42 feet sounds pretty tight. Interiors would have ceilings heights of about 7 feet 6 inches? Count me out.

#504787 - 06/01/15 03:47 PM Re: 5 Story Buildings to be allowed in certain areas [Re: Marty]  
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I am going to seek permission to build a 16 story building. Given Heredia's logic that should not be a problem as long as I do not exceed the maximum allotted height!!!

The bad: each floor will have a finished ceiling height of approx. 2 1/2 feet, give or take a bit depending on the finish of the floor... I think I can make that work though with the right lighting and short down rods on ceiling fans. Cutting down on thin set too will save us a good 1/4 inch.

The good: on each stop of the elevator, the doors opening will give people access to 3 floors at a time. Convenient!!!


#504798 - 06/02/15 03:50 AM Re: 5 Story Buildings to be allowed in certain areas [Re: Marty]  
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#504815 - 06/02/15 06:14 AM Re: 5 Story Buildings to be allowed in certain areas [Re: Marty]  
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Auuugh....yeah take the undeveloped southern portion of the island and turn it into a burgeoning island version of Cancun/Las Vegas... coming soon to the North I'm sure (if not already)...ridiculous, bogus, and sad.

*Twinkle*....even under the circumstances I have to admit thats pretty humorous Elbert

#504833 - 06/02/15 08:18 PM Re: 5 Story Buildings to be allowed in certain areas [Re: Marty]  
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#504850 - 06/03/15 07:34 AM Re: 5 Story Buildings to be allowed in certain areas [Re: Marty]  
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So, apparently this announcement comes on the heels of a building already being approved and supposedly presold! Anyone seen the actual plans to verify those ceiling heights?

https://realestateinbelize.net/prop...um=facebook&utm_source=socialnetwork

The ad says only 4 units left. Preconstruction pricing. AND says they are built.

Who do we believe?

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#504851 - 06/03/15 08:19 AM Re: 5 Story Buildings to be allowed in certain areas [Re: Wizardofaahs]  
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Originally Posted by Wizardofaahs
So, apparently this announcement comes on the heels of a building already being approved and supposedly presold!


There is one in the far south, it's largely built and yes largely presold...the 5th floor completion was waiting this announcement but the concrete preparations are ready to go...

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#504855 - 06/03/15 10:18 AM Re: 5 Story Buildings to be allowed in certain areas [Re: Marty]  
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I saw a post showing a 6 story building - ugliest thing I've ever seen. What does Heridea have to do with approving building height?


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