Planning law essential to a working city

It's called a society because it is where people of different needs, interests and lifestyles live together. But there are other needs such as cleanness, fresh air, clean water and space for leisure. When a city develops, those needs have a direct impact on the quality of residents’ lives.

Urban planning and land usage regulations are important to a city's ability to endure and for the common needs of its residents. Regulations include a strict management of essential natural resources, infrastructural development such as the water supply, sewage system, power supply and communications, keeping government departments orderly to support businesses and manage public services while providing adequate space for public areas.

A development wanted by an individual landowner may not meet with the needs of a whole society. So urban planning needs to control the land use. Planning needs good management of land use for the sake of the public. Without any control on land use, people will be without any infrastructure.

The Association of Myanmar Architects (AMA), Yangon Heritage Trust and partner organisations have sent a letter to President Thein Sein calling for urgent action to tackle the city’s traffic woes, floods, parking shortages and population density.

The letter says that Yangon sees unsystematic construction projects due to the lack of urban planning controls. The current bylaws that scrutinise the building standards are out of date, it says, and the city cannot cope with its population density. Floods, traffic jams and lack of parking are daily headaches for residents.

So the Daily Eleven urges the government to make the urban planning controls meet with the public interest.