Penang Island’s local plan poser
Sonia Ramachandran | 05 Jan 2018 00:30
Reclaimed land not gazetted under MBPP’s area falls under the purview of the state government and the State Planning Department
Imagine buying a luxurious seafront condominium with a glorious ocean view only to have your view obstructed by another high-rise tower some years later.

You thought there would be no developments to mar your view, but a new project was approved which will do exactly that.

These are the consequences of local authorities not having local plans that spell out planning and development controls, which will lead to haphazard developments approved on an ad hoc basis, says local government and planning law expert Derek Fernandez.

Fernandez, who is also a Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) councillor and a member of its One Stop Centre which deals with planning and development control approvals, says long-term property value is related to planned and sustainable development.