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Since January 2001, the objective of Le Havre urban area Community is to link up the 17 communes so as to jointly develop and lead to a common development and land planning project, as well as to provide for the management of services and facilities. The choice of fields of intervention transferred to CODAH was decided upon its creation, through legal provisions in force, by Mayors of the concerned communes. These responsibilities are of three levels: compulsory responsibilities and optional responsibilities, and discretionary responsibilities defined by the elected members of the Communes within the urban area. The responsibilities of CODAH include town and country planning, water and wastewater disposal, economy, cultural and sports facilities, waste management, housing environment, hygiene and public health, information on major hazards, transport and public road systems, very high speed digital network.