Ipoh Draft Local Plan 2020


By Fathol Zaman Bukhari

Ipohites, exercise your rights judiciously. Inspect the draft local plan and make your objections and representations known…

Local Plan
Based on the Town and Country Planning Act 1976, a local planning authority is allowed to prepare a local plan. However, it has to be integral to the state structural plan. This proviso is provided in Section 12(1) of the aforesaid Act. In complying with this requirement, Ipoh City Council (MBI) together with the Perak Town and Country Planning Department (Jabatan Perancangan Bandar dan Desa Perak), had crafted a draft local plan to cover a period of ten years (2010 to 2020). The Ipoh Draft Local Plan 2020 is now available for inspection.

In drawing up the plan, city council had initiated actions to publicise its intent. A publicity exercise was conducted in 2007 at Heritage Hotel, Ipoh. Representatives from both the public and private sectors were invited to give their input. The meeting conformed to Section 12 A of the Act which categorically states, before commencing the preparation of a draft local plan, the local planning authority shall take steps to secure the following: (a) that publicity is given to the draft local plan that is being prepared (b) that those wishing to make representations are given an opportunity to do so.

And since I was a party to the discussion, I vouch for its relevance with reservations, of course. My one concern is I am unsure whether participants’ feedback was taken into consideration. No one could possibly know as there has been no communication between the interested parties and the planners since then. I had proposed low-impact and sustainable developments and the revamping of the city’s woeful public transport system.

Three years down the road and the draft local plan for Ipoh is now ready. The plan is contained in a 470-page book complete with maps, diagrams, statements and proposals for the improvement of traffic, transportation, road system, landscape, preservation of buildings etc pursuant to Section 12 of the Act. The book, which comes in 3 parts, costs RM150 while the condensed version costs RM15. They are available at the designated display centres.

Publicity and Inspection
The plan covers the 643 sq km of the city under the council’s jurisdiction. It is divided into eight “planning blocks”. Since nearly 31,000 hectare or 48 per cent of the city limits are forested, developments are only concentrated within the city and portions of the 10,040 hectare uninhabited areas, which consisted of abandoned and disused mining lands. The eight “planning blocks” radiate outwards, from inner city to industrial zones to tourist belts and eventually to the forested areas in the west and east (Bukit Keledang and Bukit Kinta forest reserves).

Before the draft plan is adopted, as provided for under Section 15 of the Act, the local planning authority is required under Section 13(1) to make copies of the draft local plan available for inspection at its office and at other places as it may determine; and each copy must be accompanied by a statement of the time within which objections or representations may be made to the local planning authority.

Insofar as publicity is concerned, Section 13 (2) states, the local planning authority shall publish in three issues of at least two local newspapers, one of which being in the national language, a notice stating the dates, time and places when the draft local plan is available for inspection. The time frame within which objections or representations may be made to the local planning authority in respect of the draft local plan is not less than four weeks from the date when copies of the draft local plan are available for inspection.

Although there is discrepancy in the manner the draft plan is being publicised, the fact that the launching by Dato’ Dr. Mah Hang Soon, at Impiana Hotel on Friday, July 23, was carried in mainstream media, including Ipoh Echo, is proof of intent by MBI.

So, Ipohites exercise your rights judiciously. Inspect the Ipoh Draft Local Plan 2020, which is on display from July 23 to August 22. Make your objections and representations known to the planners. Do you want to wake up one morning and see workers laying LRT tracks right across your lawns?

The plan can be viewed at the foyer of MBI and at Jabatan Perancangan Bandar dan Desa, 7th Floor, Bangunan Seri Perak, Jalan Panglima Bukit Gantang Wahab between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily (working days only).

14 thoughts on “Ipoh Draft Local Plan 2020

  1. Thanga,

    The Bercham landfill’s lifespan is supposed to end by 2010. It has outlived its usefulness. The proposed landfill in Papan is on hold due to shortage of funds.

    There have been proposals to convert the Bercham landfill into a park consistent with practices in the West. Like all things else these are idle talks to placate the rakyat.

    I hope you can make your point known to the authorities. The deadline for raising objections has been extended to September 22.Don’t miss this opportunity.

  2. The long standing problem of Bercham dumpsite has to be addressed immediately. Not only the dumpsite is overfilled but also the garbage trucks which ply the route is a nuisance to the public health and safety.
    However,the proposed dumpsite in Papan is don’t seem to be the solution, its only shifting the problem to a different place.
    A place away from the city limits seems to be appropriate.

  3. FYI,

    the publicity and inspection period has been extended until 22nd of September 2010. So do exercise your rights. You may find some of the documents/plans related to this local plan at http://www.townplan.gov.my under the topic : Publisiti Rancangan Pemajuan

  4. KPKT (Ministry of Housing and Local Government) has yet to allocate funds for the new landfill dumpsite. So the dumpsite may not be constructed anytime soon. It will take up to a year to prepare the dumpsite before domestic wastes can be dumped there.

    When the dumpsite was first proposed, DBI said that the Bercham dumpsite will be full by end of last year and the new dumpsite is urgently needed. When I asked someone in DBI a few months ago, I was told that the Bercham dumpsite can still be used for some time to come.

    An alternative proposal was to replace the landfill dumpsite with an ultra-modern incinerator. However, public acceptance of an incinerator is just as bad, if not worse, despite the fact that new-generation incinerators emit very little ash into the air. In fact, incineration is now classified as green technology!

    There is actually no hurry to make objections or give suggestions or opinions. It can take years before many of the proposed projects to take off. By then, whatever objections, suggestions and opinions may be forgotten. Remember, these are just proposals at the moment. Ipoh residents should exert maximum pressure when the projects concerned are announced to start.

    One particular proposal that I am against is the LRT system. Not only that Ipoh doesn’t need it, the project diverts focus away from the bad bus transport system in Ipoh. Ipoh doesn’t need a trunk transport system but a comprehensive feeder system that only buses can provide. What is the use of reaching the LRT station in an area but no buses to take people to where they want to go?

  5. Papan Jones and Perak Heritage Society have brought a GOOD point of views, i wonder who is gonna answer for?

  6. That’s good news. The fact that the objection period is extended shows that Ipohites do care for their city.

    The Act states that the objection period should “not be less than four weeks from the date when copies of the draft plan are available for inspection”. So there’s provision for an extension.

    There must be a reason why the Council wants to wrap up the show within the four-week frame. Hopefully, it’s not about wanting to keep it away from prying eyes or wanting to do a rush job.

    There are many gray areas in the plan and one, which I’ve pointed out, is the proposed development of the lands astride Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah (Tiger Lane). The old government bungalows will be demolished for commercial buildings. This is heinous.

    We have to make our dissatisfaction known. Otherwise, MBI would run roughshod over us. I am certain you don’t want this to happen.

  7. The proposed solid waste dump for Ipoh in Papan is causing much anxiety. The dump will rob the town of its heritage and tourism potential.

    That this well-documented historical town of the Kinta Valley should be treated as a dump reflects how poorly we regard our history. Already, a swiftlet farmer has moved in, destroying an old shophouse and building a three-storey building for this exploit.

    This historic town should have been the proud showcase of Muhibbah. Instead, it is given the death blow while governments allow it to be exploited and abused.

    Apart from a trail of community interests, Old Papan houses the Memorial to Sybil Kathigasu, a hero in our time. Meanwhile, the Rumah Besar Raja Bilah remains closed to visitation after the 1.1-million restoration was completed in 2005.

    Yet, the forest reserve Kledang Saiong accessed from Old Papan town is keyed up as recreational area for Ipoh.

  8. First, the good news. The exhibition has been extended for another month.

    And the bad news, the exhibition fails to communicate adequately. You really need to read the 3 volumes to understand the intent of the Ipoh Structural Draft Plan 2020.

    Last Wednesday, the Perak Heritage Society delegation met with the city town planners. We went prepared, having discussed the issues among ourselves. We will lodge our feedback to MBI. We will bring up the issues affecting the heritage of our city in Ipoh Echo very soon.

  9. Unfortunately, that’s the time period allowed in the Town and Country Planning Act 1976. Sunday, August 22 is the last day. And if you haven’t then there’s nothing we can do. You’ve missed a chance. I’ve raised my objection.

  10. weekends, please. weekdays, working lah ! It should also be put online, so that those owrking overseas can view and comment.

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