Zoning map to shape city development

Zoning map to shape city development

Bangkok governor Chadchart Sittipunt has instructed relevant agencies to review the capital's 2024 zoning map, in a bid to promote development in the outskirts of the city.

Currently, different zones across the city are marked with varying colours -- red for residential, purple for industrial and orange for mixed-use community zones -- indicating what kinds of structures can be built in certain areas.

According to Mr Chadchart, the map should go beyond defining what could be built in which areas, saying it "should define the city's development direction".

He made the remarks yesterday after meeting officials from the City Planning and Urban Development Department about a planned review of the map.

"The upcoming review is a good chance to look at the map more closely, to ensure it is in line with current laws," he said.

The governor said undeveloped land around Lat Krabang, Rom Klao and Bang Khunthian, as well as under-utilised plots owned by state agencies such as the National Housing Authority, could potentially be developed into self-contained satellite towns, with their own residential zones, schools, offices, public parks and hospitals.

The plan -- which is currently being studied by the City Planning and Urban Development Department -- will reduce the need to travel to central business districts, he said, adding the department is already looking at the development potential of under-utilised plots in Min Buri district.

City Hall will also be looking at rules surrounding parking spaces and building conservation, he said.

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