NRC endorses draft bill on town and country planning and use of space

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BANGKOK, 17 June 2015 – The National Reform Council (NRC) has endorsed the draft bill on town and country planning and use of space, with the intention of benefiting economic development in the long-run.

The NRC convened on Tuesday and endorsed the draft law on urban planning, and a draft bill detailing adjustments to ministries and departments for the purpose of ensuring that town and country planning and utilization of space proceeds in the same direction. The latter bill calls for the establishment of a town and country planning policy committee, to be chaired by the prime minister. The committee will also issue urban planning policies aimed at sustainable and optimal development of available land, with the ultimate purpose of benefiting the economy in the long-term.

Most members of the NRC approved of the draft bills. Some members also recommended a revision to stipulations that call for members of the town and country planning policy committee to become officials of the Prime Minister’s Office. They also asked for the agendas of border area development and border area special economic zones to be included in the bills.