Play your part in Local Plan process


Remember how 8 March 2008 was seen as a watershed of sorts and people were said to be feeling more empowered after that? Now’s the real test. The Penang Local Plan will soon be put on public display for public comments.

The plan will show the detailed conditions for land use, planning and development in microscopic detail. This means you will be able to tell precisely what is allowed and not allowed in your neighbourhood.

But for the process to work, you need to take a good look at the draft when it is displayed and then submit your objections or views to the local government. Little point complaining later. So look out for the display soon.

As for the One-Stop-Centre being slow in approving applications – never mind the ranking, I think it’s good if it means that the local government are following proper procedure and listening to neigbours’ objections. But in the case of big projects, we need to hear the views of more than just the immediate neighbours for such projects will affect a wider surrounding area.

This report is from theSun:

Penang local plan draft in final stages
Opalyn Mok

GEORGE TOWN (Sept 21, 2010): The draft of the Penang local plan is now in the final stages with its final presentation by the appointed consultant to be held this Friday.

Local government and traffic management committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow said the local plan, which provides detailed conditions and requirements for land use, planning and development, will be tabled and approved after taking into consideration public opinions and views.

“We will put it up for viewing for between 60 and 90 days and the public is welcomed to submit any objections, views or opinions about it during the period,” he said, adding that the plan may be ready for public viewing in two to three months’ time.

Once the local plan is gazetted, land use and development plans will have to adhere to the plan.

Chow said currently, development plans and land conversions were done according to town and country planning laws where there was a hearing process for objections to be heard by stakeholders or those in the area.

“This process has slowed down the One Stop Centre (OSC) in processing development applications so once the local plan is approved and gazetted, then the OSC will be able to approve applications faster as it only need sto refer to the gazetted local plan,” he said.

Chow was speaking at a press conference on the council’s OSC which was ranked last in the Local Government and Housing Ministry’s OSC Portal which had put up the KPI of the OSC of each state.

Penang ranked last with only 79.32% (an average of 78.46% for MPPP and 81.44% for MPSP) while other states had higher percentages of around 90%. The national average was 90.04%.

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25 Sep 2010 8.39pm

Please do not tell me that you fall for this, Anil !

They promised Local Council Election. Where is it?

Without the Local Council Election the so-called “Local Plan” is meaningless, as the locals will have no leverage to assert direct control over the future of their respective areas.

25 Sep 2010 8.06pm

Anil, need to find out. Many thks !

25 Sep 2010 3.16pm

Anil, my friend received a letter from MPPP that Bat Group Sd Bhd is proposing to build: a) 1 blok kondominium 22 tingkat (14 unit) yang mengandungi 3 tingkat ruang kemudahan masyarakat & rekreasi, 1 tingkat ruang service/ utiliti dan 2 tingkat tempat letak kereta; (Note: must be super condos as 22 floors with only 14 units.) b) banglo 4 tingkat 1 unit di atas Lot 56, Sek.2 Batu Ferringhi, DTL, Solok Pantai 1, Pulau Pinang. MPPP is asking whether the nearby owners have any objections and if yes, with solid reasons to back up with their objections. I thought… Read more »

24 Sep 2010 2.26pm

When is Najib going to provide leadership and take a stand against Malaysians “whose heads are not right” who have caused unprecedented inter-racial and inter-religious strain and escalation of rhetoric of racial bigotry and religious extremism?

Speaking at the Interfaith Relations Working Committee luncheon yesterday, the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said the world contained individuals whose heads were “not right”.