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Government Stipulates Details for Spatial Planning Maps

Government Regulation No. 8 of 2013 on Details for Spatial Planning Maps dated January 2, 2013 (“GR 8/2013”) was issued to replace Government Regulation No. 10 of 2000, which stipulates procedures for spatial planning, as required by Law No. 26 of 2007 on Spatial Planning.

Spatial planning is one of the processes through which local, provincial, and central governments work together to stipu;late land use policy. Every five years, detailed plans and maps of existing and future land forms (e.g., coastlines, waterways, infrastructure, settlements, and urban areas) and land uses (e.g., forest area boundaries; concession boundaries for logging, mining, and agriculture; and economic development zones) are negotiated among the different levels and departments of government, resulting in spatial plans for a variety of areas and purposes, including, among others:

  • Regencies/Cities
  • Provinces
  • Islands/archipelagos
  • National, provincial, and regency/municipal strategic areas (kawasan strategis)
  • Urban areas
  • Rural areas

Spatial planning maps are an important product of the spatial planning process, as they are used by government agencies in their decisions to approve or deny applications for licenses impacting land use (e.g., location permits, mining licenses, plantation licenses, environmental licenses, etc.). GR 8/2013 stipulates the contents and specifications required for various kinds of maps, including spatial structure maps and spatial pattern maps—both types of which may be issued at the national, provincial, and regency/city level.

Spatial structure maps depict:

  • Municipal layout
  • Transportation networks
  • Energy grid
  • Telecommunications networks
  • Water resources/supply networks
  • Other infrastructure (required for province and regency/city maps only, may include environmental infrastructure, drinking water systems, waste management systems, evacuation routes, and other infrastructures specific to the area)

Spatial pattern maps depict:

  • Protected areas
  • Cultivation areas

GR 8/2013 also stipulates the level of accuracy and precision required for spatial planning maps, including mapping units and the minimum scale for each type of map at each level of administration. Generally speaking, the smaller the area depicted, the greater the detail that is required; for example rural and urban area base maps must have at least a scale of 1:10,000, while general provincial maps can be 1:250,000. Coastal and marine areas must include bathymetry data, and border areas are to be depicted based on consultation with neighboring provinces/regencies/cities. The Geospatial Information Agency will provide technical guidance and further regulation on the process and requirements, particularly with respect to geometric accuracy.

February 14, 2013

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February 14, 2013
Government Stipulates Details for Spatial Planning Maps
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