CIRCULAR DATED JANUARY 15, 1996

ON THE LAND USE PLANNING IN THE PROVINCES AND MUNICIPALITIES
THROUGHOUT THE KINGDOM OF CAMBODIA

Office of the Council of Ministers

N. 02

To date, we have noticed that since the formation of the Royal Government, the socio-economic activities, the rehabilitation and construction of infrastructure and buildings have been developed in a rapid way. However, the Royal Government has observed that constructions of new infrastructures, factories, hotels, restaurants, markets, gardens, public parks, development-zones, tourist centers, especially housing settlements and shops were not developed according to sound technical principles of urbanization and construction.

To overcome such problems, the Royal Government shall hereby instruct ministries and institutions as follows:

To implement the Law on Land Use, Urbanization and Constructions in accordance with Article 5 which read "The Committee for the Urbanization of Phnom Penh municipality or the Sub-committee for the Urbanization and Construction of provinces and municipalities shall make the plan for the preparation and development of Phnom Penh and provinces and municipalities. Such plan to be agreed by the National Committee for the Urbanization and Construction and shall be specified by an anukret.

To keep the national patrimony and environment and to ensure the economic development of special areas as specified by the Council of Ministers, the National Committee for Urbanization and Construction shall prepare plan to be submitted to the Council of Ministers".

To implement the Law on Land Use, Urbanization and Constructions which was approved by the National Assembly on May 23, 1994, the Royal Government shall delegate the duties to the Ministry of Interior to instruct the Phnom Penh City hall and throughout the country on the co-operation in improving the technical component of the Committee for the Urbanization and Construction of Phnom Penh, and the sub-committee for the Urbanization and Construction of provinces and municipalities. They shall prepare plan to develop their provinces and municipalities and specify the infrastructure, road networks, commercial areas, industrial areas, hotels, tourism centers, garages, railroad stations, airports, schools, Buddhist monasteries, public administration areas, police areas, military areas, environment areas, gardens, public parks, garbage collection, sewer tanks, water pipes, electric network, land for development, forests, wild animal refuge, lakes, rivers, sea, islands, residential land, and land for cultivation, etc.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, the Ministry of Public Works and Transports, the Ministry of Industries, Mines and Energy, the Ministry of Tourism in co-operation with the Ministry of Environment shall instruct immediately institutions under their supervision in all provinces and municipalities on the study of the above mentioned land use.

The National Committee for the Urbanization and Construction shall instruct the Committee for the Urbanization and Construction of Phnom Penh and the Sub-committee for the Urbanization and Construction of provinces and municipalities on the technological advances in the land use planning so that it can be the "Etat Major" for provincial and municipal governors to prepare plans for the development of each province and municipality.

The Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, the Ministry Public Works and Transports, the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mines, the Ministry of Tourism, the Ministry of Environment, other relevant ministries and institutions, city halls and provincial governorís offices shall implement this circular and submit 4 copies of their plans to the Ministry of Interior prior to sending to the National Committee for Urbanization and Construction for its approval by the Royal Government before the end of July, 1996.

First Prime Minister

Norodom Ranariddh

Second Prime Minister

Hun Sen