Source: the Star Sept 4th
PETALING Jaya residents, if you are reading this before 8.30am, you have less than 24 hours to submit objections on the proposed amendments to the Petaling Jaya Local Plans (RTPJ) 1 and 2.
The deadline to object is at 5pm tomorrow when the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) closes its office.
Some of the proposed amendments have not seen much rancour from residents as they were a continuation of existing policies of the city council.
MBPJ Public Relations Department director Haniza Abdul Hamid said as of Tuesday, 30 objection forms were received for RTPJ 1, while RTPJ 2 received 481 objection forms.
“Our next step is for the council’s Local Investigation Committee to meet,” she said.
The public hearings will be chaired by the State Planning Committee.
Many residents associations are scrambling to mobilise residents to send in objection forms to the city council before the deadline.
One amendment receiving a lot of flak is the proposed increase in plot ratio from 1:4 to 1:6 within a 400m radius, which will mean a higher population density following the proposed “Transit Oriented Development” (TOD) plan.
Besides the Taman Jaya Light Rail Transit (LRT) station, other areas which will see the new 1:6 plot ratio, if the amendments go through, are those with upcoming LRT or Mass Rail Transit (MRT) stations.
DAP council whip and SS2 councillor Lee Suet Sen, said these would include the upcoming LRT station in Ara Damansara and the MRT stations in 1Utama, The Curve, and two in Kota Damansara.
Section 5 Residents Association (RA) president Mohamed Rafiq Fazal Din said although the committee had sent objections on the plans, they wanted more time.
“I think it is unfair (not to extend the deadline), as some relevant documents were only made available very recently.
“One still needs time to look through them, understand them and then draft their objections.
“We are hoping our objections will get us a public hearing session,” said Mohamed Rafiq, adding that Section 5 had 711 households.
The publicity and public objection programme for the draft local plans have been a source of tension, as a group of councillors signalled their protest against its launch early last month.
The August fullboard council meeting also had a heated winding up when a motion by five councillors, including all three party whips, to extend the public objection period was denied by MBPJ mayor Datin Paduka Alinah Ahmad.
See Hoy Chan Holdings, as the largest stakeholder in the Bandar Utama area, had no objections to the new TOD plot ratio, said its director Tan Sri Teo Chiang Kok.
“We merely pointed out some inaccuracies in the plan to the local council, such as wrongly designated land use,” said Teo.
However, he added that 1:4 to 1:6 was a conservative move compared to neighbouring Kuala Lumpur, which had plot ratios ranging from 1:9 to 1.
The proposed Damansara-Shah Alam Elevated Highway (DASH), which would affect the Kota Damansara, Mutiara Damansara and Damansara Perdana areas, also got residents moving to send in objections.
Spokesman for the newly-formed group “Say No To Dash” Joanne Ting had outlined and e-mailed relevant articles in RTPJ 2 affecting Damansara Perdana residents directly.
Aside from the highway, other objections included changing the status of recreational and vacant land, including a retention pond, to hold a water tank.
Raising another topic of objection was Lee who said his zone of responsibility would not see much radical alteration with the continued re-zoning of properties in SS2 from residential to limited commercial.
“This has been going on for nearly a decade, so what the proposed re-zoning does is to save the business owners the trouble of having to renew their city council business licences every year,” said Lee.
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