Ampang Jaya residents question land issues, density in local plan

Attending the RT MPAJ first public hearing session are (from left) Julaihah, Mohd Fauzi, Ng, Zuraina and Rozdiana.

LAND use and density were key concerns at the first public hearing session on the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council Draft Local Plan 2035 (RT MPAJ) in Selangor.

A respondent, who only wanted to be known as Ilyas, voiced apprehension over more areas being rezoned as industrial in Taman Desa Keramat.

“There are already several large factories and distribution facilities here.

“With the rezoning, this would allow similar businesses to operate in this area.

“We need to know what the rationale is for allowing this (the rezoning) and if there are any infrastructure upgrades planned to support these future developments,” he told StarMetro.

Similarly, Pandan Mewah resident Charlie Tee was concerned that certain areas could see an increase in land density.

“There are already many high-rise developments that have come up in the last 10 to 15 years.

“Any more high-density projects will make this place unliveable as there is only one major access road in and out of the neighbourhood,” he said.

They were part of the 2,558 respondents who submitted feedback or objections on proposals within the draft plan.

It was previously reported that the changes in the draft plan included 91 proposals to rezone land status and increase land density

The public hearing session at Menara MPAJ was chaired by Selangor local government and public transport committee chairman Ng Sze Han.

Ng said the session was not about providing feedback but to gather objections on the draft local plan.

“Once the hearings are concluded, the respondents’ feedback will be discussed and evaluated at the municipal level as well as at exco and state levels before the plan is gazetted,” he said.

Also present at the session were MPAJ president Mohd Fauzi Mohd Yatim, council secretary Julaihah Jamaludin, PLANMalaysia Selangor chief assistant director (development plan division) Rozdiana Mohd Rosmi and MPAJ Urban Planning Department director Zuraina Said.

Another session was held yesterday while the third session, expected to take place on Oct 4, will have the largest number of respondents as it concerns infrastructure issues.

This includes the proposed alignment for the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) 3 Circle Line and a new highway project called the Kuala Lumpur Northern Dispersal Expressway (KL Node).

It will be chaired by Selangor infrastructure and public amenities, agriculture modernisation and agro-based industry committee chairman Izham Hashim.

Of the issues raised, Zuraina said most of the objections submitted were about the MRT3 alignment and change of land use.

The RT MPAJ 2035 will replace the 2020 version, which was gazetted in 2011 and went through two amendments, in 2013 and 2016.

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