High-rise proposal raises concern among Section 14 folk

A mixed development has been proposed on this plot of land in Section 14, Petaling Jaya, currently being used as a carpark.

A PLOT of land in Section 14, Petaling Jaya, has been proposed for high-rise mixed development and residents from the neighbouring areas are objecting to it.

Based on a council notice board erected at the site, the proposed development would consist of three blocks of 40, 48 and 52 storeys.

The land is close to Asia Jaya LRT station.

It is estimated that over 2,000 residential units including about 600 affordable homes are proposed to be built here.

Bukit Gasing assemblyman R. Rajiv said he would file his objection based on the traffic concerns.

“This land technically is in Section 51A, so it should not be called Section 14 as stated in the notice board.

“There has always been concerns among the neighbouring residents if this land were to be developed. Residents are free to file their objections.

“The project is still at the application stage and the landowner is free to apply, but that does not mean all that is proposed will be given approval by the council,” he said.

Rajiv said the Petaling Jaya City Council was the only council that practises public objection and conducts public viewing after a land was gazetted under the local plan.

“There is no requirement by law under the local government to even put up a notice board to announce any development project to the public but we do it for transparency,” said Rajiv.

He added the plot of land proposed for development was at a dead end and currently there was just one road connecting this lot to the one-way-loop.

The project claims to be part of the Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) concept.

“But in the present state, it may lack in the infrastructure aspect,” said Rajiv.

“There is a lot of criss-crossing of vehicles coming from Federal Highway (Kuala Lumpur-bound) entering the one-way-loop during rush hours,” he added.

Long-time Section 14 resident Peter Foo said that since the project was based on the TOD concept, it could reach a maximum plot ratio of 1:8.

Plot ratio is the gross built-up area of a development in relation to the land it occupies.

Foo said the land had potential for amenities such as a school or hospital.

He pointed out that there was an existing carpark operating on the lot and questioned what was the plan to cater to the demand for parking space.

The residents present at the protest reiterated that there was only one entrance to this plot of land and they were worried about the traffic and population influx to the neighbourhood.

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