The announcements have been happening over the last few years, taking steps in a single direction, that of turning the surroundings of the Palmetum de Santa Cruz into a leisure area for the residents of the capital. With the disaffection of the land that the Port Authority approved in its last Board of Directors, the Santa Cruz City Council now has a free hand to start working on the project for which it has been waiting for so many years. Thus, as confirmed to DIARIO DE AVISOS by the Councilor for Urban Planning, Carlos Tarife, “the Infrastructure area, in collaboration with the Urban Planning area, will already commission the drafting of the project with which we intend to transform the rear of the Palmetum.”
“It is about designing a recreation area, in which you can practice sports, but also go for a walk, with the placement of benches and lighting,” he added. In addition, as Tarife pointed out, “in the future the placement of bars and restaurants will be put out to concession, with the intention of creating a leisure area both during the day and at night.”
But before executing the project, the Urban Planning Department has approached the Port Authority to clarify what planning should be applied in that area. “We want to know if the Special Plan of the Port or the General Planning Plan of Santa Cruz in force at this time is applied,” explained the mayor of Urbanism.
In the letter that the Management services have addressed to the Port Authority, it is detailed that a report has been issued regarding the urban planning of application to the lands that are currently disaffected from the public port domain and incorporated into the patrimony of the Port Authority of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. .
According to the technicians, the only change that the disaffection of the land implies is that the delimitation of the port’s service area must be rectified, but without affecting, in any case, municipal urban planning powers. In this way, the report points out that, according to the criteria of the Management, what should be applied, temporarily, is the Special Plan of the Port, and, in the future, a direct management within the PGO without the need to modify the Special Plan, which is another possibility that is pointed out from the Management. Urbanism requests the Port Authority to pronounce on the planning and to submit the report to the State Ports to do the same.