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Consultation process may not be the last

Published on: Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Kota Kinabalu: The 2nd Public Consultation Process on the Final Draft Kota Kinabalu Local Plan 2020 (South Region and North Region) scheduled to end on June 6 may not be the last, according to Kota Kinabalu City Hall (DBKK) Town Planner Stanley Chong.

He said a public consultation process involves public exhibition of the draft scheme and public hearings on objections, adding the last public hearing on the document was held two years ago.

"The approved scheme only takes effect when it has been notified in the Gazette.

"If possible all objections are to be submitted within June 6.

However, it may not be the last as long as there are public objections which will be taken into consideration.

"DBKK will hold public hearings to hear objections from objectors before submitting the draft scheme to the Central Town and Country Planning Board.

"We will call professional bodies and NGOs (such as PAM, IEM, SEPA and Sabah Heritage) to come and give their views.

If not satisfied, changes can be made provided they furnish valid reasons," he explained in his briefing for Api-Api Assemblywoman Christina Liew.

According to Chong, the Kota Kinabalu Local Plan has not been updated for the last 30 years.

"So the current Draft Plan is the first Local Plan to be prepared in a systematic way for KK City."

He said the present Final Draft has been prepared in accordance with the requirements of the Town and Country Planning Ordinance (Sabah Cap.

1411). For public viewing and objections, it covers various categories such as Formal Error (possible technical errors, given new developments in KK over the last three decades); Zoning; Residential Special; Regional Pond; and Miscellaneous, Road & Transportation and Ridge Conservation.

The DBKK Town Planner also made it clear that changes (amendments or modifications) to the Final Draft will be considered vis-ˆ-vis the Kota Kinabalu Structure Plan 2030 and the Written Statement as well.

The Kota Kinabalu Structure Plan 2030 is the overarching policy plan for KK City while Local Plans are generally required to elaborate on the Structure Plan Policies at the local level.

"A District Plan is a scheme that applies to a whole district while a Local Plan refers to a scheme that applies to an area within a district," Chong clarified.

Earlier, Mayor Datuk Abidin Madingkir had said that the Written Statement is an essential component of the Draft Kota Kinabalu Local Plan 2020 as it contains DBKK's policies on all the key sectors covered in the Plan.