Since 1991, Auroville's Development Group has been overseeing the development of the township. This working group faces a complex job and generally works in close cooperation with the other municipal services in Auroville: Electrical Service, Road Service, Solar Service, Telephone Service, Transport Service, Waste Management Service, Water Service, Land Service, and Auroville's Future (survey and town planning service). All these services have substantial experience and the capacity for further development of Auroville.
Interim Development Council
As the community was confronted with a severe housing shortage these last years, change of policies was called for and a new planning set-up came into being. The Interim Development Council (IDC), as it is called, will focus on the overall planning, policy making and setting of development priorities in accordance with the Auroville Master Plan.
Three planning bodies
According to the Interim Development Council Policy
Paper, dated January, 2001, the Development Council is a decision-making
body working in collaboration with the Planning Group and the Monitoring
Functions of IDC:
Aurovilians with experience in various fields of development voluntarily constitute the group. It also includes representatives of other relevant working groups of the community for better communication and collaboration. The members are to show a clear commitment to work within the group process for a minimum of two years.
The Monitoring Group helps the Development Council by providing advice on matters pertaining to building applications and follows up on current projects.
The Planning Group studies, evaluates and makes recommendations on the macro level of development in the community, and presents alternatives for consideration to the Development Council.
Four Zone Monitoring Groups
These are monitoring groups for the Industrial Zone, International Zone, Cultural Zone and Residential Zone. Each Zone Group assists the Development Council by providing advice on matters of development pertaining to their zone. Representatives of these groups attend Development Council meetings regularly. Other groups, such as the Green Group and the Beach Group, send representatives as and when needed to work on projects pertaining to their particular concerns.
Function of the Zone Groups
Certain policies regarding development within Auroville have already been formulated and are being followed. Other policies are being created as needed. For example:
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