THE deadline for stakeholders to submit feedback on the draft Kuala Lumpur Structure Plan 2040 (KLSP2040) has been extended to April 18.
Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan has agreed to extend the deadline by a month, following requests from several Kuala Lumpur MPs and stakeholders.
“The extension would allow for stakeholders, who were previously unable to view the draft plans, to submit their feedback.
“This is in line with Kuala Lumpur City Hall’s (DBKL) aim to provide all city folk a chance to give input on the draft plans, ” said DBKL Corporate Planning Department director Khairul Azmir Ahmad in a statement.
StarMetro reported that Setiawangsa MP Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad, Cheras MP Tan Kok Wai and Lembah Pantai MP Fahmi Fadzil were among those who urged for the extension.
Nik Nazmi said the extension would allow a broader and deeper engagement with city residents.
The structure plan is a blueprint that outlines the goals, development strategies and policies of Kuala Lumpur’s development.
It is expected to be gazetted in December.
Meanwhile, planning law expert Derek Fernandez said more time was needed to gather relevant public feedback before finalising the plans.
“This is to ensure all stakeholders get a fair say and all objections get consideration with regard to the sustainable development goals as intended by the plan to ensure the public’s interests are catered for.
“The original deadline of March 18 is not sufficient to ensure KLSP2040 will conform to national policies on sustainable urbanisation, which is especially important because Kuala Lumpur as a city has yet to achieve its target of green and open spaces, ” he said in a statement.
He added that the threat posed by the Covid-19 outbreak prevented public
gatherings and so the necessary town hall meetings and public viewings of the plan had been put on hold because of the health risks posed.
Fernandez said planning for Kuala Lumpur should take into account realistic population growth indicators and move towards decentralising Kuala Lumpur.
“We have to understand that the KLSP2040 is being put together as a policy document, incorporating the Kuala Lumpur City Plan (KLCP2020) as gazetted by the
former Federal Territories minister, ” he said.
He also urged current Federal Territories Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa to look into the problems with the KLCP2020. Fernandez said KLCP2020 had been speedily approved with at least 273 addenda not conforming to the draft version that was formulated with public input.
To view the full draft online, visit www.dbkl.gov.my/klmycity2040.
The public can also provide feedback on the KLSP2040 at www.dbkl.gov.my/epandangan
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