A zoning map of Yangon city has been drawn up for discussion among construction professionals, with Yangon City Development Committee hoping to have the plan submitted to the Yangon Region Hluttaw later this year.
The colour-coded map shows areas of the city where high-rises will be allowed, and where building heights will be restricted.
Following consultations with developers, engineers and local MPs, the plan is set to be made public next month, said Daw Hlaing Maw Oo, director general of public works in the Ministry of Construction.
“The map represents our proposals. After listening to all opinions, we will publicise it. Once it has been approved, we will submit it to the Hluttaw,” she said.
U Toe Aung, deputy director of the Department of City Planning and Land Administration, said that suggestions from the public will be taken into consideration before the final zoning plan is submitted.
“We hope that [a final version] can be submitted this year,” he said.
The plan provides for 11 zones and specifies five categories of buildings by height and township.
The categories are: up to four storeys, up to six storeys, up to 12 storeys, buildings 317 feet high (95.1 metres) and buildings 417 feet high (125.1m).
Approval will depend on factors such as the surrounding neighbourhood, including the width of the street on which the property sits.
“Depending on the township, developers may be allowed to build a 20-storey building, but this may be reduced to 15 storeys depending on the width of the road,” said Daw Hlaing Maw Oo.
YCDC has said that it will limit the construction of high-rises in developments near Shwe Dagon Pagoda, Sule Pagoda and heritage buildings in downtown surrounding in an effort to preserve some of the city’s best-know landmarks.
“A developed country does not just have high-rise buildings but also green zones and heritage buildings. We don’t want these things to be lost like in other developed countries. We are allowing high-rise buildings in commercial zones and developers can build with the sky as the limit,” said Daw Hlaing Maw Oo.
However, many developers have voiced displeasure with the current plan and are unhappy with what they feel are overly protectionist measures being taken by
“The buildings’ heights will depend on the land area. If the land area is small, we will not be able to build too tall. If we want to build a high-rise, we must cooperate with other developers. This situation is not good,” said U Zay Win Htut, chief executive officer at Myanmar New Generation Design Co, a member of the larger Naing Group construction company.
U Zay Win Htut said that he feared some developers will be forced to change building plans when new zoning regulations are enacted.
U Ko Ko Htwe, chairman of Taw Win Family Co, said that putting limits on high-rise buildings would stunt Yangon’s modernisation, a feeling shared by U Zay Win Htut.
“High-rises are symbols of how a country or city has developed. We can see this in other countries like Singapore, Hong Kong and Dubai. These countries are very proud of their high-rise buildings and we want to be very proud of this in Yangon as well,” he said.
Source: Myanmar Times