500 objections over golf course rezoning proposal

MORE than 500 objections were received over a proposed residential development at a private golf course in Section U9, Shah Alam.

They were submitted online by stakeholders after learning about the matter in the Shah Alam Local Draft Plan 2035 which has been on display at all Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) offices since the end of July.

The public display to gather feedback for the draft plan, which was originally scheduled to end on Aug 26, has been extended until Sept 26.

In the draft plan, the 60.7ha golf course has been proposed to be rezoned for development.

“This area is more than just a golf course as it is actually a green lung that absorbs and filters rain, improves air quality and is also home to many species of flora and fauna,” said Monterez Residents Association (MRA) president KS Ng in a statement.

Residents say the course is also the last remaining green landscape in Section U9.

“We urge those responsible to stop the rezoning,” said Ng, adding that an action committee called “Keep it Green” had been formed to address the issue.

Shah Alam mayor Datuk Haris Kasim said the golf course was privately owned and applications had been received for its rezoning.

“So far, the most number of objections received over the draft plan are for this proposal.

“We will tabulate all the objections when the public viewing period ends on Sept 26.

“After that, a dialogue will be held with the developer, residents who objected and other parties involved, to discuss the objections,” he said.

Haris added that the results from the dialogue would be compiled and sent to the state government where a decision about the rezoning would be made.

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