Fast-track development plans approval system launched
Published on: Monday, February 03, 2020
By: Ricardo Unto
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KOTA KINABALU: The newly-launched Electronic Planning Permission (ePP) system is set to have a positive impact on the property sector in the State, especially making it more affordable for the people. 

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said ePP allows a fast-track approval system where submitted development plans can be approved within 24 hours.

“We had planned to launch ePP since the beginning but prior to that, we had taken several measures such as amending the law as the Central Board was included in one of the State’s enactments,” he said after launching the ePP, here, Sunday.

“With the abolition of the Central Board and the amendment of the enactment, we can then set up the ePP which manages the approval of all development plans in local authorities and also in the district level.”

City Hall (DBKK) has been appointed as the first One Stop Centre (OSC) in the State to issue a conditional approval letter within 24 working hours. 

Through ePP, developers only need to submit their development plans, along with all the regulatory agency approvals, via the designated portal. “This step will prevent corruption, reduce cost and the time to manage the approval of development plans which some, previously, took up to 10 years to be approved.

“Within the span of 10 years, surely there will be an increase in the cost of raw materials.

“Sometimes most abandoned projects were caused by poorly-managed and non-conforming development,” he said.

Such obstacles, he said, are hoped to be resolved through a new approach.

“I am also confident that the developers will also cut the development cost to enable the people to own affordable houses, in future.”

Earlier, State Secretary Datuk Safar Untong said the ePP system was developed with the cooperation between the Local Government and Housing Ministry, State Computer Services Department, Land and Survey Department, Urban and Regional Planning Department and DBKK.

“I hope the application of ePP will be expanded to other local authorities in the State.”

He also disclosed that some 72 local plan drafts are expected to be gazetted by July this year, with the help of the ePP system.

“Under this system, local plans that are also public documents can be accessed online,” he said.


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