Guam’s Planners Meet to ‘Plan’ Guam’s Future

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The symposium was funded through grants from the office for coastal management, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Guam – Today, at the first ever assembly of planner’s symposium, planners from various government agencies discussed various issues facing Guam. CCU Commissioner Joey Duenas used the symposium to voice his concern over a lack of a master plan for the Guam Land Use Commission.

Duenas also spoke about how planning for the future fits into the Guam’s utilities: GPA and GWA. Duenas says both utilities have some sort of master plan that helps to outline the future of the utilities. Duenas says he is concerned about the lack of a master plan from Guam land use commission. Another issue brought up was climate change and how it affects the way planners build Guam’s future projects. Edwin Reyes, an administrator for the Guam Coastal Management Program, says that promoting inter governmental agency discussion will help tackle problems like climate change. Reyes says that 20 years ago, climate change was not a factor in the way planners constructed projects, but today, the changes in the environment play a huge role. This is evident with the flooding issue in Tumon and the continuing rise in sea level.

“We really don’t have a land use master plan, the one we currently have is a 1967 land use master plan, and then if you look at zoning maps, every time somebody has applied for a change in zoning they’ve been updating that zoning plan using what comes out of the land use commission,” said Duenas. “Because that addresses the concerns of the community, how much population do you want on the island how many tourists is the right amount, how many is too much, how many is too little, I don’t know?”

The symposium was funded through grants from the office for coastal management, national oceanic and atmospheric administration and the U.S. Department of Commerce.