Three Major Cities to Be Divided Into Zones

Phnom Penh, Siem Reap City and Sihanoukville will each be divided into 10 zones to allow for easier management, according to the Ministry of Land Management.

Chhay Rithisen, director-general at the ministry’s land management department, said Friday that an April 3 sub-decree on urbanization dictated the arrangement, which is now being studied in further detail by the ministry. 

“The sub-decree is a detailed plan to manage land use,” Mr. Rithisen said, adding that it would allow authorities to better manage investors and new construction.

The 10 zones to be created are: commercial, multi-trade, industrial, multi-industrial, light industrial, transportation, tourism, administrative and public service, public space and green, and cultural and religious.

“Generally, when we organize well, we have a good environment in the city and the economy will improve,” Mr. Rithisen said.

“We are approaching Asean integration, so everything has to brought up to standard in line with other countries in Asean.”

Mr. Rithisen said that although just three cities were presently being surveyed for zoning, the aim was to do the same in all major cities across the country.

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