Urban Planning & Design

Master Plan for Yala (Palatupana) Wild Tourism Zone

On the 20th April 2018, Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA), offered the contract for the preparation of a Master Plan for the SLTDA property in Palatupana, Yala to Canopus (Private) Limited (Consultant).

Client

Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority

Time Frame

April 2018 to November 2018

The total extent of the land owned by the SLTDA is 1136 acres, of which 467 acres falls into the buffer zone of the Yala Wild Life National Park, and the balance area of 669 acres is available for development.

On the 20th April 2018, Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA), offered the contract for the preparation of a Master Plan for the SLTDA property in Palatupana, Yala to M/s Canopus (Private) Limited (Consultant). On the 5th of May SLTDA held a stakeholder consultation meeting at the “Hotel Cinnamon Wild, Yala”. Representatives of all the hoteliers in the project area, public institutions involved in the provision of infrastructure, and regulatory functions attended the stakeholder meeting together with the Chairman, and Director General of the SLTDA and the representatives of the consultant. SLTDA advised the consultant to commence the work with effect from the 5th of May.

No more hotel developments would be necessary for the project area

Conservation of the project area to represent the dry zone wildlife habitat would be the most needed activity of the master plan

Land use changes without distorting the native habitat would be acceptable to attract more wildlife.

Social and economic benefits to the community should be adequately integrated.

The theme of the master plan should be “Sri Lanka s’ signature wildlife resort.”

Based on the TOR and the outcome of the first stakeholder meeting, the preparation of the master plan was divided into three phases.

Phase one consists of the situation analysis (Diagnostic Phase), which will look into the global, regional, and local situations.
Phase Two of the submission will cover (i) Vision development, (ii) SWOT analysis, and planning and design guidelines.
Phase Three of the master plan will include a zoning plan, design interventions, planning and building guidelines, and implementation programme.

Core Planning Team

Hemantha Jayasundera

Co Team Leader / Land Use Planning – Urban Design Expert

Devsriyani Jauasundera

Co Team Leader/ Tourism Planning Expert

Thulasi Varman

GIS Specialist / Land Use Planner

Anusha de Silva

Architect

Dr. Laith Rajapaksha

Hydrologist

Dr. Pruthuviraj Fernando

Elephant Habitat Management Expert

Samangi Hevage

Ecologist