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City Plan Needs Adjustments Says Chamber of Commerce
CityNews – Narong Kongprasert, President of Chamber of Commerce Chiang Mai and chairman of the board of directors of a private joint committee, consisting of Chamber of Commerce Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai Council, and the community banks of Chiang Mai, have submitted a letter to Yongyut Wichaidit, Minister of the Interior, asking for an adjustment in the draft regulations of the private sector for the 2012 principle city plan of Chiang Mai.
The letter explains that the regulations concerning the Department of Public Works and Urban Planning contained many flaws. In a meeting, the board members of the joint committee discussed how the draft regulation does not meet targets to become an economic hub of the GMS (Greater Mekong Sub-region). They say as the draft regulations stand they will damage the prosperity of trade and investments, and also the agricultural sector of Chiang Mai.
It was said that a total of six points in the draft need to be revised. This includes a sentence in the draft stating that the construction of buildings for commercial purposes must be no more than 15 metres in height, and must not exceed 30% of the land area it is built on.
They would like to add that this should not include: electricity sources, television antennas, or any other types of communication signal structures, and that the height of the building should be measured from the base where the building touches the ground to the rooftop. As for buildings with a pointed, hipped roof, the height should be measured from the base of the building where it touches the ground to the topmost part of the wall of the top floor. This rule should apply to all commercial buildings, but they say, there should an exception for hotels designed to encourage ecotourism, which highlight the uniqueness of the region, and do not affect the environment, or the arts negatively.
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