YCDC planner targets 30 percent parkland

It isn’t easy keeping Yangon green, what with the heat, developers’ voracious appetite for empty land, and the council’s lack of resources. But municipal officials say they are hopeful they can more than double the amount of green space in Yangon under a new zoning plan, taking the figure up to 30 percent. U Toe Aung, a […]

Steering Yangon clear of urban disaster

Smart urban planning will determine Yangon’s future and – if the government gets it right – could be worth tens of billions of US dollars. U Thant Myint-U, founder of non-profit Yangon Heritage Trust (YHT), said yesterday that urban policy planning will determine whether or not Yangon will have a multi-billion-dollar-a-year tourism industry. “It will […]

Gov’t Must “Exert Effort” to Fix Yangon Transport: JICA Advisor

Yangon’s population is expected to nearly double in the next 20 years, and with people come increased transportation pressures on a city already straining under the weight of its 5 million inhabitants. The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has been pushing for greater infrastructure development in order to pull the core of the city away […]

Authorities keep eye on high-rises near Yangon landmarks

City residents have taken to social media to call for protection of the city’s best views, particularly of its famous pagodas. Government officials involved in urban planning are keenly aware of the requirement to protect the skyline, adding there are mechanisms in place to check buildings above 12 storeys for a number of factors, including […]

Public to Be Consulted on Plan to Save Yangon’s Heritage

YANGON — After nearly a year-long discussion and preparation, a proposed regulation to restrict land-use and protect heritage buildings in Myanmar’s former capital will have a public hearing on Tuesday, according to an architect involved in developing the plan. The zoning and land use strategy would govern the height of new buildings and delineate where […]