Gazette Draft Local Plan

An assemblyman has called for the Draft Local Plan in the state to be gazetted as soon as possible as the state’s failure to do so is causing unhappiness among many property owners.

Tanjung Bungah assemblyman Teh Yee Cheu said as long as the draft plans were not legally binding, property owners could find deve-lopment projects unexpectedly being approved in their neighbourhood.

While the draft plan sets out parameters such as zones, maximum building height and plot densities, Teh said developers could still submit proposals without heeding them.

“As long as this is being done in the state, property owners will not be able to rely on it.

“It’s already too much. Just look at (developments in) Batu Ferringhi, Pulau Tikus and Tanjung Bungah,” he said at a press conference organised by 10 residents through the AVA Residents Association in Straits Quay’s Acacia Homes.

Teh explained that the Draft Local Plan was a very detailed part of the Structure Plan, which spelt out what could be developed and the kind of infrastructure that could be built in a particular area.

He said that if the draft plan was not yet gazetted, it could not be exhibited to the public, and made as law.

The residents are protesting a development adjacent to their homes.

Among the documents the residents showed the press members were three draft local plans for the northeast district from 2005 - 2020.

Association representative Ung Chirt Kye said the association was trying to solve the matter before the Penang Island City Council issued the commencement of work order. - By The Star

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