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Tan objected to the council’s proposal to zone the 400 metre radius of all LRT and MRT stations as Transit Oriented Development. — Picture by Zuraneeza ZulkifliTan objected to the council’s proposal to zone the 400 metre radius of all LRT and MRT stations as Transit Oriented Development. — Picture by Zuraneeza ZulkifliKUALA LUMPUR, Nov 10 — MCA has called for amendments to Petaling Jaya Local Plans 1 and 2 (RTPJ1 and RTPJ2) to be postponed until public briefings have been held by the local council.

In a press statement today, Petaling Jaya Utara MCA chairman Tan Gim Tuan said that there must be a town hall briefing by the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) to explain the issue, and voiced his objection on the blanket proposal to change the term ‘limited commercial’ to ‘commercial’.

“Should this term be adopted, there will be huge implications for both existing limited commercial and future ones. Firstly, all the house owners will have to pay a huge premium to convert their land titles from residential to commercial status.

“Secondly, the commercial status would allow all these houses to operate any sort of business, including as restaurants and other high impact businesses that residential areas are all ill-equipped to deal with,” he said.

Referring to Section 12 of the Town and Country Planning Act, Tan demanded that MBPJ explain how traffic from such high-impact activities will be dealt with.

He also objected to the council’s proposal to zone the 400 metre radius of all LRT and MRT stations as Transit Oriented Development (TOD).

“Selangor government’s TOD policy is to allow a plot ratio of 8:1 within that zone, meaning a development project can have eight times the floor space of the land size. For example, a one acre piece of land can be built to have eight acres of floor space.

“MBPJ must provide a detailed study on how it would deal with the impact of such huge developments on the surrounding areas,” he said.

Tan alleged that MBPJ did not provide enough information to residents on the size and impact of the developments occurred in the amendment and demanded a town hall meeting to explain the proposed amendments.

On Oct 16, the New Straits Times reported that Petaling Jaya residents were urged to view RTPJ1 and RTPJ2 at the exhibition area in MBPJ headquarters.

MBPJ made the announcement on its Facebook page and today is the last day of the draft plan’s exhibition. 

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