The North and Central Seberang Perai Local Plans are now on public display – but most people remain in the dark.
Apart from determining the type of development that would be allowed at the local level, for me, these plans are important in safeguarding our agricultural lands – our sources of food supply – from encroachment by property development. We desperately need to ensure food security for the local population as we cannot rely on food imported from elsewhere especially in times of scarcity and climate change.
Has the tunnel project been included in the draft North Seberang Perai Local Plan?
And how will the extension plans for the North Butterworth Container Terminal affect residents of Bagan Ajam, Teluk Ayer Tawar and beyond.
The Local Plans are available at the MPSP office, the Land and Mines Department offices in Seberang Perai and the Penang Town and Country Planning Deparment in Komtar.
The details of both draft Plans are on display until 12 April (less than a month) and the deadline for feedback is 19 April.
The duration of the public display is too short. Even the display time for the Special Area Plan for the Penang Botanic Garden was extended from one month to two months.
With the low-key publicity given, most residents of mainland will be in the dark about these important Plans, which will determine the direction of development on the mainland.
Meanwhile, we continue to wait for the draft Southern Seberang Prai Local Plan and of course the long overdue draft Penang Island Local Plan. What’s holding back the latter, which was already ready back in 2008? From what I gather, development densities appear to have been increased beyond what was contained in the draft Plan.