Project near Atkinson Tower rejected
Published on: Thursday, December 15, 2011
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Kota Kinabalu: The Central Board has rejected the proposed multi-storey mixed-commercial project near the Atkinson Clock Tower, said Sabah Town and Country Planning Department Director Mursidi Hj. Sapie.However, the developers can appeal upon fulfilling the requirements of the environment impact assessment report as well as museum and tourism authorities' conditions, he said, when asked about the status of the project.

The former Sabah Housing and Town Development Authority (SHTDA) headquarters building on the proposed site had already been demolished.

"The project was approved by the former local authority," Mursidi said.

Several quarters had expressed concern that heritage factor should be taken into consideration when planning development projects alongside historical buildings and heritage sites, or structures that are over 50 years old.

They recommended buffer zones around such sites marked out with assistance from Sabah Museum and relevant Ministries.

It was suggested that a comprehensive list of heritage sites and historical buildings be drawn up and marked by a buffer area and that similar measure be taken next to the KK Wetlands area to guard against development encroachment.

Meanwhile, Mursidi also said the Draft Kota Kinabalu Local Plan 2020 requires public feedback for his department before the Central Board and the Cabinet approval stage.

"We want to know whether this is what the public want.

This is about democracy. We believe in planning for the people and with the people.

"For example, you have a piece of land. There may be a road expansion planned that encroaches on the land or go through it.

If you don't check and file an objection, you may lose out from ignorance and apathy," he said.

"My department needs all the public feedback before we can approve the Draft Kota Kinabalu Local Plan 2020. It is up to the people to decide what they want.

"For example, City Hall's proposal for zero setback and so on, do you want houses that get smaller in size but the prices keep going up?" he asked.

"That's why we emphasise on having public consultations on the Draft Kota Kinabalu Local Plan 2020." The draft Local Plan involved some rezoning of land use.



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