40 Development Projects Stalled, Waiting Access Permits

By Rico

The Fill-Go gasoline station on the Ruta 27, across from Multiplaza. Developer says it has all the legal permits, meanwhile, the former chief of permits at the Conavi says, “if they are operating, they are doing it illegally”. Photo ALBERT MARÍN, La Nacion

QCOSTARICA – Gas stations, condominiums, shopping centres, banks, business parks, convention centres and supermarkets are among the 40 projects waiting, waiting for the Consejo Nacional de Vialidad (Conavi) to approve access permits.

The projects are all located on one of the 12 national roads regulated by decree, where developers must make a number of improvements before starting (or completing) construction.

The regulation aims to reduce the impact of new construction on traffic flow on these roads.

However, not all projects have to obtain Conavi permits. Two recent examples are the El Rey retail store and Fill-Go gas station (across from Multiplaza) on the Ruta 27.

Benjamin Sandio, who headed the Comisión de Accesos Restringidos (CCAR) of the Conavi up to 15 days ago, told La Nacion, “if they are operating, they are doing so illegally.”

The process of obtaining permits is a complicated one. Some developers roll the dice, move forward with their project and then try to negotiate access … continue reading