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Residents fear population density

Postby admin » Fri Nov 26, 2010 2:55 am

RESIDENTS in Pantai Hillpark, Pantai Panorama Condominiums and Phase 1, 2, 3 and 5 Andalusia are against the proposed development of apartments and luxury villas in Bukit Kerinchi and have urged the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) to follow the KL Structure Plan 2020 rules regarding density.

The residents, including Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar,

gave their views at the objection hearing chaired by City Hall (DBKL) deputy director-general (development) Zulkifli Ibrahim on Wednesday.

They said their neighbourhood was already reeling from the effects of overdevelopment.

The project involves an increase in population density from 20 people per acre to 332.

Pantai Panorama resident Teo Keng Huat said every morning at 7am and evening at 7pm, the area was choked with traffic.

“There are not enough roads and UOA has not finished with their own projects there and yet the place is congested.

“With this new development, things are going to get worse. The authorities are allowing new projects to come up but where are the new roads?’’ asked Teo.

Teo’s sentiment was echoed by Andalusia Phase 3 resident Y. K. Leong who also brought up the issue of traffic and congestion at the hearing.

“The authorities must not look at the new development in isolation but it must be looked at in the context of the surrounding areas,’’ Leong said.

“The UOA project is on-going and the PKNS project is also coming up. The density is going to increase and so will the traffic. As it is, congestion is already a problem,’’ added Leong.

By BAVANI M
bavanim@thestar.com.my | Nov 26, 2010
Residents fear population density

RESIDENTS in Pantai Hillpark, Pantai Panorama Condominiums and Phase 1, 2, 3 and 5 Andalusia are against the proposed development of apartments and luxury villas in Bukit Kerinchi and have urged the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) to follow the KL Structure Plan 2020 rules regarding density.

The residents, including Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar,

gave their views at the objection hearing chaired by City Hall (DBKL) deputy director-general (development) Zulkifli Ibrahim on Wednesday.

They said their neighbourhood was already reeling from the effects of overdevelopment.

The project involves an increase in population density from 20 people per acre to 332.

Pantai Panorama resident Teo Keng Huat said every morning at 7am and evening at 7pm, the area was choked with traffic.

“There are not enough roads and UOA has not finished with their own projects there and yet the place is congested.

“With this new development, things are going to get worse. The authorities are allowing new projects to come up but where are the new roads?’’ asked Teo.

Teo’s sentiment was echoed by Andalusia Phase 3 resident Y. K. Leong who also brought up the issue of traffic and congestion at the hearing.

“The authorities must not look at the new development in isolation but it must be looked at in the context of the surrounding areas,’’ Leong said.

“The UOA project is on-going and the PKNS project is also coming up. The density is going to increase and so will the traffic. As it is, congestion is already a problem,’’ added Leong.

Planning lawyer Derek Fernandez, who is representing Pantai Hillpark residents, presented four points during the objection.

Fernandez said The KL Structure Plan 2020 zones the area as an established development and hence there cannot be any big development. Only minimal changes are allowed.

“In this case, there is a 16-fold increase in population density — this is not minimal by anybody’s standard and furthermore any increase in density should follow with the same increase in infrastructure but there is none here,’’ he said.

Secondly, there should be a buffer between the development and the gazetted green belt on the Selangor side. “Previous KL mayor Datuk Mohmad Shaid Mohd Taufek had promised to gazette the area as a green belt including maintaining a continuous green area on the KL side.

“If this new development is allowed, there would a tear in the green belt in Bukit Gasing and this goes against the policy,’’ he said.

Fernandez explained that the National Physical Plan stated that there should be a green belt between the boundaries of two cities.

“Land should be set aside as a boundary between KL and PJ and here there is none,’’ he said.

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