When will Penang Structure Plan, Local Plan be tabled for public review?

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Today is the last day for submitting questions for the next Penang State Assembly session in November. Activist Tan Seng Hai approached a couple of elected reps to raise a question as a matter of urgent public interest.

When will the Penang Structure Plan and the (Penang Island) Local Plan be tabled for public review and consultation? The Structure Plan review has lapsed since June 2012 and the Local Plan which was approved by MPPP in 2008 has been put on hold indefinitely. The state government’s excuse that the Local Plan has to wait for the Special Area Plan (SAP) for the George Town Heritage Zone is not acceptable as this excuse has been used since 2008.

Penangites have been asking for the Local Plan in many public consultation meetings, dialogues and forums. Without a gazetted local plan, developers and builders are having a free-for-all to build anything and anywhere they want. There is no height control, density control and zoning requirements for the developers and builders. We see 30-storey apartments built next to established low-rise residential areas. We see established residential areas converted to commercial areas. We see access roads cut through established housing areas with no consultation with the residents. We see many more uncontrolled development projects sprouting up all over the island and MPPP and the OSC approved the development plans because “tiada rancangan tempatan”. It appears to many Penangites that the state government has no urgency to gazette the local plan.

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HA!HA!HA!
HA!HA!HA!
10 Nov 2013 3.37am

THE LOCAL GOVT PLAY A SIGNIFICANT PART IN DELAYING THE LOCAL PLAN. MPSP IS NOW SETTING UP A COMMITTEE BUT PROCEED WITH SNAIL PACE. IF WE REALLY WANTED TO SEE REFORM THEN THE HEAD OF DEPT FOR OSC & TOWN PLANNING PLUS THE COUNCIL PRESIDENT MUST BE CHANGE EVERY TWO YEARS. THE HEAD OF TOWN PLANNING IN MPSP HAS BEING AROUND FOR MORE THAN 15 YEARS & IF YOU, THE CONSULTANT/DEVELOPER WANT TO GET ANYTHING THROUGH UNDER THE TABLE, YOU ONLY HAVE TO …

Awang Selamat Ori
Awang Selamat Ori
8 Nov 2013 9.42pm

Penang has no plan! Whatever plans, LGE will speak to the developers and come out with a plan!

It is easy to criticize, but, now what, LGE?

rajraman666
rajraman666
8 Nov 2013 6.33pm

Anil, Can i ask the question to you.Do you think Demi God will listen to the Public?

rajraman. Please give me the honest opinion since you for sure have connection with some of this Political Trader who rule Penang.

rajraman666
rajraman666
8 Nov 2013 8.47pm
Reply to  Anil Netto

There is enough people screaming regarding Hills Slope development including you keep posting regarding the perils of hills slope development.

rajraman. Are the Political Trader In Penang Listening Anil? Do you have any information that the Political Trader in Komtar listening? I don’t talk about UMNO because they never listen but do Pakatan leader listening and implementing the cries of the Public.

Indian Barber of Penang Street
Indian Barber of Penang Street
8 Nov 2013 6.03pm

Once you get a first time botak head, you have to cut a 2nd time for a shinier cleaner cut.
Apply oil you can get … at Komtar (forgot which level).
Gambier Botak Hill is no different from botak hair cut at Indian barbershop.
Ther will be a 2nd hill cutting soon!

nick
nick
10 Nov 2013 11.04am

You may be glad to know that Perkasa has open its membership to Indians, as seen in this video report:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rN2J9IkiRaI

Yang
Yang
8 Nov 2013 4.56pm

Nicholas, Its not just about high property prices. Its about the unfair treatment given to Penangite over people from other states who are able to purchase LMC while the local have to wait in line. Its about the untransparency whereby LMC are being sold direct to the public at a higher price by the developer without selecting from the 50k people who are waiting in line to get the LMC houses. And when you enquire on why you did not get or is able to sell while outstaion guys can, you are being shut off and got the blame or… Read more »

Zaidi
Zaidi
12 Nov 2013 1.40pm
Reply to  Yang

The BN government cannot confirm whether it could meet its target of completing 80,000 affordable homes under the 1Malaysia Housing Programme (PR1MA) by end of this year, as outlined in the 2013 budget, but can only assure that they were working on approving 80,000 units by year’s end.

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2013/11/12/pr1ma%e2%80%99s-target-of-80000-units-for-2013-doubtful/

Only approve but not build, an insult to the 49% who place their hope on BN.

Andrew I
8 Nov 2013 3.38pm

“Fat Leonard jailed for guns before” Star headline. Can be sued according to Gherkin. Mana you?

Fat=greed=gluttony=bad for you.

Wee Chin
Wee Chin
8 Nov 2013 3.14pm

Anil

JB will soon have Ernest Zacharevic’s mural paintings to rival those in Penang.

Ernest Zacharevic has created a new controversial masterpiece in Johor Bahru depicting the high crime rate in JB.

see the picture here:
http://news.malaysia.msn.com/community/mural-artist-ernest-zacharevic-paints-a-realistic-take-of-johor

tunglang
8 Nov 2013 10.44pm
Reply to  Wee Chin

Ernest Zacharevic should paint the same tone for Love Lane unless socio-political politeness bears a reminder from Komtar Tower. Cosmopolitan Penang must be portrayed as safe, slippery clean (inclusive of political traders) & attractive?

Ah Vee See
Ah Vee See
12 Nov 2013 10.57am
Reply to  Wee Chin

The mural by Ernest in JB depicting a snatch-theft crime has won praises for its creativity. As the first Asian city housing the Legoland Theme Park, the female pedestrian and the bandit armed with a knife were skilfully drawn as lego figures while depicting the serious crime problem in that area. Security problem has always been an unspeakable bad scar of Johor Bahru. It is a fact that the law and order in Johor Bahru is not good. Reports about crimes here can easily be found on websites, newspapers and magazines. The more you interfere, the more you will draw… Read more »

OWC
OWC
14 Nov 2013 11.14am
Reply to  Ah Vee See

The mural has been erased with white paint by MBJB, as BN Johor (especially MCA) do not accept the fact that JB is a sin city with high crime rate (snatch theft is rampant).

Non Partisan
Non Partisan
8 Nov 2013 12.26pm

Normally such matter Gerakan K will raise issues with LGE but now Gerakan K is taking a break having “outsourced” his commentaries to the recently provoked Yang & Tunglang ???

Nicholas
Nicholas
8 Nov 2013 12.25pm

This is the best platform for Yang and tunglang to channel their unhappiness over the hilltop development and high property price to CM LGE?