Palau Plans Uniform Street, House Address System

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State governments responsible for naming roads

By Peter Erick Magbanua

KOROR, Palau (Island Times, Nov. 13, 2014) – A bill has been passed on third reading at the House of Delegates that aims to develop a uniform street and house address system in Palau.

House Bill No. 9-110-6 states that it time for Palau to implement a uniform system for street names and addresses. Street names and addresses will assist emergency personnel to locate people in a timely manner, will further increase economic growth and development, and will assist in master planning efforts at the state and national level.

The technology already exists for the uniform system of street names and addresses. With the growing population and economy in Palau, the need for a uniform street and house address system has become a need for every household. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology has been widely used in recent years for numerous projects in Palau and the Palau Automated Land and Resources Information System (PALARIS) has the expertise to carry out the said endeavor.

The bill further states that PALARIS will develop a uniform national system to assign the name adopted by the state government to each public road; they will also assign street numbers consisting of no more that five digits for each dwelling unit and place of business on all public and private streets; and furnish free of charge to each unit owner a certificate designating the unit’s street number and location.

Upon the effectivity of the bill, all state government shall adopt a name for each road, including secondary and public access roads, within its state, and shall promptly inform PALARIS of the adoption of the road name. Whenever a new road is constructed, or any amendments by the state government are made to the name of an existing road, the state government will inform PALARIS of the adoption of the road name. PALARIS will keep and maintain in a regular basis a national address index which will be a public record of all streets and numbers assigned.

In the bill it also says that the owner of the said establishment or business place must affix the number or street name to the front entrance of the said structure visible to the road or to a sign number post that can be seen clearly by the road.

Street number must be post not less than three inches in height, it shall be in different color from the background in which they are placed; street numbers shall be affixed permanently to the building or post; use of effaceable materials such as chalk is prohibited; and all buildings shall be numbered at the expense of the owner.

For street names, PALARIS must place the street signs at each intersection no more that 20 feet from the intersection; signs must be no less than 18 inches by six inches in size and must be posted below than three feet above the ground and no higher than 20 feet above ground.

Persons or individuals found tearing down, defacing or changing any number put up will be guilty of misdemeanor and upon conviction shall be subject to a fine of not more than $10.

Any owner of a building who neglects to number such buildings as provide in the bill or shall place, maintain or allow to remain thereon any number other than that assigned by PALARIS, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction will be punished with a fine of not more than $20.

The bill was introduced by Del. Lee Otobed.

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