Source: Phnom Penh Post
Earlier today, the Phnom Penh Post released an article alleging that Phnom Penh’s master plan, issued at the end of last year, is barely used. The large document, more than 300 pages, was originally funded by the French Embassy and took more than eight years before it was approved. Few have seen this document; in fact, a source alleges that to see the plan, a formal permission grant to the governor must be submitted. This lack of transparency and guidance has resulted in questions about the plan’s implementation and effectiveness. The article quotes Kim Heang, president of Cambodian Valuers and Estate Agents Association, who admits that “no one can confirm whether [the master plan] exists or not.” This confusion has made it easy for illegal construction sites, which have grown substantially throughout Cambodia – especially in Phnom Penh.