Over a hundred residents in the Jesselton area, and nearby areas such as Casa Grande, have objected to the proposed development around the Penang Turf Club (lots 403, 28 and 278).
The petition dated 31 October 2016, initiated by the Residents Association of Jesselton, was submitted to the authorities just before the recent Lunar New Year celebrations.
Among the concerns listed:
The petition claims that the original plan was for 208 bungalows over 58 acres (four units per acre) but the revised plan on parcels 1,3 and 4 is for 1,170 homes and 16 shoplots.
For parcel 2, it claims the density would be 120 homes/acre (69 bungalows, 126 terrace houses, 342 apartments in two 26-storey towers, another 228 apartments in two 22-storey towers, 389 affordable homes in a 24-storey tower, and 16 shop lots.
Obstruction of natural waterways
The petition claims the project would obstruct natural waterways: two tributaries of Sungai Air Itam: one of the twers would be located over one tributary and the terrace houses and bungalows would be sited over the other tributary.
It also claims the removal of trees and vegetation had contributed to muddy flash floods in October 2016.
The new project would result in 2,266 new car park bay and 5,000 new residents crowding the area. The petition claims the revised plan made the traffic impact assessment for the original plan obsolete.
The petition also complains that two new access roads on Turf Club land, allegedly not yet approved, have suddenly emerged to link the new development with Brook Road and Scotland.
Proper planning is needed in the area if the race course eventually is moved. Schools, public parks for suburban development would then be needed, the petition says.