Founded on 24 September 1987 by Decree no. 87/1366, the Urban Community of Douala (CUD) is a decentralised authority that manages local affairs with the aim of ensuring economic, social and cultural development for the population of the City of Douala. Covering some 210 km2, of which 70% is developed and used for industry, highways, road infrastructures, parks, etc., it comprises six local municipalities, including one island. With 1,300 staff, the CUD is actively involved in planning and urban development and handles land management measures, construction permits, names of streets, squares, and public buildings, highways maintenance, signage, street lighting, drinking water supplies, traffic, transport, public parks, car parks, and so on. It is led by a Community Council of 66 members, and an Executive Committee which comprises the City Mayor and four Deputies.