YCDC fin­ishes con­tentious high-rise re­view

The Myanmar Times - - Front Page - MYAT NYEIN AYE my­at­nyeinaye@mm­times.com

Yangon City De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee will start ac­cept­ing fresh ap­pli­ca­tions for high-rise con­struc­tion per­mits next week, af­ter fi­nally fin­ish­ing a re­view of ex­ist­ing projects.

YANGON City De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee an­nounced yes­ter­day it has com­pleted its re­view of high-rise build­ing projects and will start ac­cept­ing new ap­pli­ca­tions for con­struc­tion per­mits next week.

The Yangon Re­gional govern­ment and YCDC be­gan a city-wide re­view of high-rise build­ings in May, which cov­ered projects al­ready un­der con­struc­tion, those that had be­gun foun­da­tion work and those still in the plan­ning stage.

YCDC has now fin­ished re­view­ing the fi­nal group of build­ings – those had re­ceived a per­mit in prin­ci­ple un­der the previous YCDC ad­min­is­tra­tion but where still in the plan­ning stage.

In ad­di­tion to fin­ish­ing of it’s reivew, the com­mit­tee’s De­part­ment of En­gi­neer­ing (Build­ing) will also restart ac­cept­ing ap­pli­ca­tions for new con­struc­tion projects, hav­ing stopped con­sid­er­ing new per­mits back in July.

De­vel­op­ers will be able to sub­mit new ap­pli­ca­tions from next week, said U Than Htay, di­rec­tor of the En­gi­neer­ing De­part­ment (Build­ing).

YCDC said it will use ex­ist­ing laws and by-laws when con­sid­er­ing whether or not to grant new con­struc­tion per­mit ap­pli­ca­tions.

There was un­cer­tainty dur­ing the ear­lier stages of the high­rise re­view as to whether a draft zon­ing law, ex­pected to be fin­ished this year, was used to as­sess un­der-con­struc­tion projects.

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