MONDAY, April 15, 2024

Bangkok extends zoning deliberation another 6 months

Bangkok extends zoning deliberation another 6 months

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration on Thursday extended the deliberation period for the city’s new urban planning map for another six months, to allow for different sectors to voice their opinions

The deliberations will be extended until August 30th of this year, according to a release signed by Governor Chadchart Sittipunt. The delay comes after 3,500 complaints were filed, as of February 21st.

The plan highlights parts of Bangkok zoned for commercial, residential, agricultural, or mixed use.

City Hall aims to increase green spaces and tackle PM2.5 pollution with the new zoning map. Citizens can make their voices heard through a website set up by the BMA or pen a letter and hand it in yourself at the City Planning Department or by mail.

Meanwhile, Cabinet had urged ten different agencies to hasten plans to draft zoning maps for the nation’s cities.

The letter urged the Ministry of the Interior, the BMA, the Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Agriculture, among others, to quickly draft new zoning plans.

PM Srettha Thavisin cited his experiences on the ground, saying that the current zoning maps do not reflect the rate of growth seen in some cities.

PM Srettha said that it was his government’s policy to promote investment, foreign and domestic, along with the ease of doing business.

Additionally, the PM hopes that new zoning plans would promote ventures in other cities outside of Bangkok, facilitating their growth.