|A corner of Thanh Hoá City in central Thanh Hoá Province. The city will become a grade-one urban area in the province in 2040 under the urban master plan. — VNA/VNS Photo Đình Huệ|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc on Thursday approved the general planning for Thanh Hóa City and Thanh Hóa urban master planning up to 2040.
Per the plans, Thanh Hóa urban area which contains Thanh Hóa City as its centre will become a grade-one urban area in Thanh Hóa Province.
Urban areas in Việt Nam are categorised according to their development, with grade-one only behind the largest cities Hà Nội and HCM City.
The master scheme aims to raise the position and status of the Thanh Hóa urban area to become a connectivity area among the North-Central region, the Red River Delta, the Northwest region, and the Northeast region of Laos.
Thanh Hóa City is expected to become a modern urban area, with green growth and adaptation to climate change.
The urban area is hoped to include developed industries, services, trade, culture, tourism, history, ecology, land for housing development and a real estate.
Under the planning, the area will have a total area of 232.64sq.km and a population of 435,300 people. Total population is set to reach about 635,000 by 2030 and 720,000 by 2040.
The main content of the master plan is to review the development direction for urban areas and review the land fund for urban area development. Urban design, strategic environmental assessment, climate change adaptation capacity and green urban area criteria will be added to the master plan. — VNS