The Penang DAP State Assembly member for Tanjung Bungah Teh Yee Cheu is unhappy about a draft plan that would classify Tanjung Bungah, Teluk Bahang and Batu Ferringhi as a future development zone that would include commercial development.
The Penang Island Structure Plan, gazetted in 2007, classifies the northern belt as a secondary development corridor for residental and tourism use (although a sketch map in the Plan was surreptitiously amended to show Tanjung Bungah as a primary development corridor).
The maximum density for a secondary development corridor is 15 units per acre. A primary development corridor would have a maximum density of 30 units per acre.
But now the Penang Island Structure Plan is up for review and amendment (a review is allowed after five years).
Teh is unhappy over draft proposals, prepared by a consultant or architect, to now classify the northern belt as a future development zone that would include commercial development. Commercial development would presumably include Soho property development (which tends to sidestep planning requirements imposed for residential development projects).
Teh wants the secondary corridor to remain. He also wants the confusion following the amended map of Tanjung Bungah in the Structure Plan (which conflicts with the text of the Plan) to be cleared.
Finally, he wants a height limit for any new towers in the northern belt.
Many Penangites would support him on this.