News: Kuala Lumpur Residents Hopeful For More Functional Planning

Nov 4, 2019

Kuala Lumpur residents are looking for more functional townships and better infrastructure in the draft Kuala Lumpur Structure Plan 2040 (KLSP2040). 

The aim of KLSP2040 is to guide Kuala Lumpur’s physical development for the next 20 years and to make sure there is enough land to support long-term economic and population growth, all the while maintaining a good living environment.

Most of the people asked had said they wanted the plan to address existing issues, especially overdeveloped townships, traffic congestion and other matters affecting their daily lives, reported The Star.

“Since there is a property glut now, the upcoming development plan should focus on addressing long-existing problems that plague the city. Take Sri Petaling for example, there are about 10,000 residential units here and population of about 50,000. Major traffic gridlock and lack of parking space in this area remain unresolved,” said Tan Tai Tong, chairman of Sri Petaling Residents Association (SPRA).

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He added that most townships in Kuala Lumpur are now facing inadequacy of road access and traffic dispersal systems.

Bukit Bandaraya Residents Association advisor Datuk M. Ali believes KLSP2040 should prioritise giving proper plot ratio for new developments so that population density will stay within the capacity of existing infrastructure.

“Core residential areas should remain as such and properties in the neighbourhood should not be converted for commercial purposes as it would compromise safety and other facilities for the community,” he said.

Nurazizi Mokhtar, DBKL executive director (Planning) said the KLSP2020 was gazetted in 2004 with the goal of making Kuala Lumpur a world-class city by 2020.

This was followed by the first local plan for Kuala Lumpur, the Kuala Lumpur City Plan 2020 (KLCP2020), which was first gazetted in 2018.

Nurazizi also revealed KLCP2020 could still undergo changes, based on section 17(1) of The Federal Territories (Planning) Act 1982 (Act 267).

DBKL has in fact received many requests from landowners and developers to change the land zoning and intensity. The first draft would include changing of three plots of land in Bukit Jalil-Seputeh, Wangsa Maju-Menjalara and Bandar Tun Razak-Sungai Besi strategic zone.

“DBKL is now preparing the Draft KLSP2040 which will be in tandem with national aspirations, vision and the sustainable development goals (SDGs 2030). The theme is ‘Kuala Lumpur City for All,” said Nurazizi.

“The ‘City for All’ vision is supported by six goals, which are Innovative and Productive; Inclusive and Just; Healthy and Vibrant; Climate Smart and Low Carbon; Efficient and Eco-friendly Mobility; and Integrated and Sustainable Development,” he added.

DBKL is now seeking community feedback for The Draft Kuala Lumpur Structure Plan 2040 through focus group discussions, town hall sessions and public engagements.

“Public feedback allows residents to be directly involved in the city’s development and only then it will be a shared responsibility among all residents. Public participation sessions will be implemented at different levels where stakeholders will be given a broad understanding of the development plans in various platforms,” noted Nurazizi.

 

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