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Draft Regulation for Chiang Mai Principle City Plan
CityNews – CityNews published the news regarding a request to make adjustments to the draft regulations for Chiang Mai’s principle city plan on April 25th, the Government Gazette announced on the same day in the afternoon that the draft regulation is to be used for a period of five years.
The reason for using this draft regulation is that it meets the target to develop and maintain as well as protect property assets, transportation and communications, public utilities, public services and the environment of the entire city, including some areas in the outskirts of the city. The 1975 Town and Country Planning Act, which had been adjusted in 1992, states that there is a clear division of zones within the city plan. As seen in the map, highlighted in pink, almost the entire area of Muang District, a few areas in Hang Dong, San Sai, Doi Saket, Mae Rim, San Kam Paeng, and Sarapi Districts are all considered community zones. The areas highlighted in green in the map are countryside and agricultural areas. The areas highlighted in white with green diagonal streaks are rural and agricultural preservation areas. The areas in the map highlighted in light green with white diagonal streaks are considered forest preservation areas. Where it is highlighted in blue on the map are areas said to be kept as empty lots for reasons of environment preservation.
It is also stated in the draft that community zone areas are used for residence, commerce, industry, agriculture, educational institutions, religious institutions, public institutions, infrastructure, and utilities which can be used for the development of other businesses, as long as the buildings are not too tall and large. These pink zones are not to be developed for construction of all types of factories and industries, except for some specialised factories specified in the regulations. These areas are also not to be used for the storage of fuel other than liquid petroleum and natural gasses for commercial purposes, unless permission is received. Gas stations are an exception. The land areas are also not to be used to contain or store liquid petroleum gas. Gas stations, gas retailers, and establishments that use gas are an exception.
For land areas on the bank of rivers, near canals or public water supplies, there should be at least six metres of empty space parallel to the sides of the body of water. Construction of utilities related to transportation by water is an exception. For construction on land areas on the bank of Ping River, Fang River, Mae Taeng River, Mae Ngad River, Mae Kan River, Mae Chaem River, Mae Klang River, Mae Duen River, there should be 15 metres of empty space parallel to the bank.
Fang River, Mae Taeng River, Mae Ngad River, Mae Kan River, Mae Chaem River, Mae Klang River, Mae Duen River all belonging to the government. They are for recreational, environment preservation, and public use only.
Land in lawful possession is only to be used for recreational purposes, environment preservation, agriculture, and residence. The land must not be used for allocation.
above: City Plan zones map
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