The Special Area Plan, a plan prepared for the George Town World Heritage Site (GTWHS) to guide and control development in the area, has been submitted to Unesco.
Among other things, the plan provides for water taxis and the enhancement of back-lanes.
Basically, the Plan is to formalise the management of the world heritage site under the George Town World Heritage Incorporated and provide zoning control. It will:
– ensure suitability of use within the cultural landscapes
– systematic monitoring of change of use of land and buildings within the WHS
– provide for an activity zoning map that will take effect
– outline a landscape and pedestrian network masterplan including a waterfront promenade, new park areas, streetscape and backlane enhancements and a water taxi route
It also involves setting up a Heritage Trust Account to provide incentives for private sector participation in heritage conservation. This needs close public review.