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Tuesday, 01 April 2014 10:36

All properties in Kalkan to be painted white

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One of the first things to change, following Kalkan's absorption into the larger Kaş municipality, is the requirement to paint all properties white.

Regular KTLN readers may recall a story we ran back in December 2010, where we explained how the then Kaş Mayor announced that henceforth, all properties were to be painted white.

Citing the example of the Aegean coastal town of Bodrum where this was already a requirement, the Mayor said that existing legislation gave Kaş Belediye the authority to do this.

Now that Kalkan has joined the Kaş municipality, this requirement has been extended to cover properties here.  Areas included are the old town, Kalamar, Ortaalan, Kızıltaş, Kömürlük and Kışla.

The move is intended to reflect, and retain the historical culture of whitewashed buildings, prevalent on this part of the Mediterranean coastline.

KTLN poll
KTLN ran a poll in January 2011 on this subject, and you were split down the middle on whether this was a good thing or not.  Around 49% were not in favour, 47% were in favour, and the remaining 4% were not bothered either way.

Transition period
For existing Kalkan properties, owners will have a transition period of up to 24 months to repaint the exterior.  Approval for future building will include a requirement to use white paint.

In an attempt to incentivise property owners to make the change, the Belediye will provide a 10% discount on the local council tax for one year only, if repainting is completed within 12 months.

For those who agree to also paint woodwork for doors and windows in a traditional Mediterranean blue colour, the discount will increase to 15%, for one year only.

Turning the clock back
We understand that many years ago, property in Kalkan was predominantly white.  It is only over the last decade or so that different colours have emerged.

This extension of the rules in Kaş is an attempt to turn the clock back and reintroduce some of the traditional, rustic charm that attracted many people to this part of the world in the first place.

Let us know what you think.  Is this a good thing, or should you be entitled to choose any colour for your property? 

Were you taken in by the fact that this is an April Fool joke?  Some people were.  Some people realised, but thought it was a good idea.  Maybe it will happen one day!



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