KUALA Lumpur’s commercial and residential trajectory is under the spotlight with the drafting of the Kuala Lumpur 2040 Development Plan (KL2040DP).
With the drafting of the plan at full steam ahead, Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) is now focused on a strategic plan that incorporates community values and one that sets out an exciting vision of the city’s future.
To achieve this, the draft Kuala Lumpur Structure Plan 2040 (KLSP2040) and Kuala Lumpur Local Plan 2040 (KLLP2040) will be in tandem with national aspirations, vision and the sustainable development goals (SDGs 2030).
DBKL City Planning Department senior deputy director Nik Mastura Diyana Nik Mohamad explained that utilising the structure plan would allow the local authority to establish a planning and management framework to guide the city’s development.
In contrast, the KLLP2040 will be more detailed and translates what is in the structure plan on a micro level.
“The structure plan is a blueprint that outlines the goals, development strategies and policies of the development of Kuala Lumpur.
“It will also help to regulate the developments that the city aspires to, catering to a diverse group, ” said Nik Mastura.
With that in mind, DBKL is preparing a people-centred plan with the theme “Kuala Lumpur City for All -– Inclusive, sharing, equitable, diverse and accessible.”
“It is part of the new urban agenda that we have adopted from the United Nations, whereby we pledge to ensure that no one is left out, ” said Nik Mastura, noting that involving the public in the planning process would give them a sense of ownership.
“Only then will it be the shared responsibility of all its residents in ensuring the cleanliness and safety of the city, ” she added.
The plan is centred around several key targets with the aim to make Kuala Lumpur an inclusive, shared, accessible and fair city.
One of the highlights of the structure plan is managing housing growth to meet future population needs.
“This will be done by providing quality affordable housing, reducing the housing gap for lower-income (B40) and medium-income (M40) groups as well as ensuring alternative housing options.
“Kuala Lumpur will have a larger percentage of ‘warga emas’ based on statistics from the Statistics Department.
“It will address new concepts in planning and development such as senior living, micro-housing as well as urban and vertical green infrastructures, ” said Nik Mastura.
DBKL has recently launched its micro-housing facility which gives those from the B40 an opportunity to rent a room for only RM100 a month in the heart of the city.
Utilising DBKL’s building in Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, the partly furnished units house three to seven people.
Similar facilities have been planned all over the city to fulfil the growing demand for such housing.
Another notable target of the KLSP2040 is improving the quality of existing natural systems such as river and green connectors. This is in line with DBKL’s Low Carbon Society Blueprint to achieve 70% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030.
KLSP2040 will also address issues resulting from climate change, increase the city’s resilience as well as improve its safety and population well-being.
Part of the plan includes a creative and innovative approach to creating more urban green space, especially at idle spaces, river catchment areas and existing fields to allow residents to enjoy the recreational area.
One interesting concept that the city council is exploring is the green replacement method which will increase the density of green spaces in a particular development.
“This method will apply to new high-density development projects such as residential, commercial and mixed development.
“It will mean that each of these developments can provide green space that is equal to the size of the site with the creation of roof gardens and vertical greenery, ” Nik Mastura explained.
Kuala Lumpur City Hall is also planning to develop pedestrian and bicycle lanes to provide greater accessibility and reduce traffic congestion.
There are plans to extend the current pedestrian networks and bicycle paths so that there is continuity as well as making them safe, comfortable and user-friendly.
The provision of pedestrian and bicycle routes to transportation stations such as MRT and LRT will also be extended to ensure that Kuala Lumpur is public transport-friendly.
“Towards encouraging people to use public transport, we are also looking at the provision of the first and last mile connectivity.”
This is one of its focuses to encourage citizens to use public transport, thus reaching the target of Kuala Lumpur’s low-carbon city.
DBKL is making the streets pedestrian-friendly too by not only widening pedestrian walkways but also beautifying them with landscaping.
While adding street furniture, green landscaping, sculptures and water elements are being looked into, DBKL is creating a pedestrian network for people to walk safely.
Part of the plan includes cleaning up laneways and backlanes and painting colourful murals.
To reinforce the strategy of providing complete and integrated transport linkages, DBKL plans to actively promote more transit-oriented development zones.
It is hoped that this will greatly reduce reliance on private transportation by making accessibility flexible and convenient.
The plan will also address initiatives to encourage more people to take public transport, including car parking standards, incentives from the government, the public’s contributions and the private sector’s social responsibilities.
“In addition, heritage buildings are to be given proper policies and maintenance programmes, ” said Nik Mastura.
DBKL is currently seeking community feedback for KL2040DP via public engagements, focus group discussions and townhall sessions.
The public can also email their views to firstname.lastname@example.org or through Facebook page “Pelan Pembangunan Kuala Lumpur 2040”.
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