Five local councils awarded for project planning, design and development

(From left) Johor Baru mayor Datuk Mohd Noorazam Osman receiving the gold award (Coronation Avenue project) on behalf of MBJB from MIP immediate past president Ihsan Zainal Mokhtar at the award ceremony in Kuala Lumpur. With them is MIP honorary secretary Abdul Hamid Akub.

THE Johor government is proud of the achievements of five local councils for gaining national recognition at the Malaysia Institute of Planners (MIP) Planning Excellence Award 2022.

The five councils are Johor Baru City Council (MBJB), Iskandar Puteri City Council (MBIP), Pasir Gudang City Council (MBPG), Muar Municipal Council (MPM) and Batu Pahat Municipal Council (MPBP).

State housing and local government committee chairman Datuk Mohd Jafni Md Shukor congratulated the councils for winning various awards at the event in Kuala Lumpur.

“The MIP awards ceremony recognises efforts made by various agencies, especially local governments, in facing challenges of urban development.

“Projects showing excellence and innovation in planning, design and development which in turn bring positive impact to the community and environment are given due recognition,” he said.

MBJB bagged the gold award in two categories – inclusive design for the Coronation Avenue project (pedestrian connectivity improvement project in downtown Johor Baru) and planning service excellence for the GeoJB portal project (an urban manifestation initiative).

MBJB also won silver in the heritage and conservation category for The Ei8ht (conservation of eight shophouses) project.

MBIP walked away with the bronze award in the low carbon planning category for Iskandar Puteri’s low carbon project (build agile community and sustainable cities from within).

The silver award in the strategic planning category for the Pasir Gudang 2030 local plan went to MBPG.

MPM received two recognitions – the silver award in the inclusive design category for the inclusive Muar (autism friendly-city) project and bronze award in the community based planning category for its Titian Mangrove Parit Kassim Sea Community Nursery project in Muar.

MPBP won the silver award in the placemaking and public space category for its heritage building preservation and conservation project at Jalan Ibrahim in Batu Pahat.

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