The Draft Kuala Lumpur Structure Plan 2020 was successfully prepared in line with the provisions of the Federal Territory (Planning) Act 1984 and is currently being displayed by City Hall for the benefit and feedback from the citizens of Kuala Lumpur.
In essence, via this plan, City Hall Kuala Lumpur strives to improve the quality of living, working and business environment so as to make Kuala Lumpur A World-Class City that benefits its people, entrepreneurs, businessman and visitors.
So what is this draft plan? The Draft Kuala Lumpur Structure Plan 2020 is the blueprint that will guide the development of Kuala Lumpur for the next 20 years. The Plan outlines the goals, strategies and policies towards achieving the vision as well as identifies ways to minimize or solve issues and problems faced by the citizens.
The Tables 1 and 2 provide a summary of the Vision and the Goal of the Structure Plan respectively, but in eventuality it is the Development Strategy as outlined in Table 3 that will define the opportunities and new development nodes in Kuala Lumpur.
Based on the Development Strategy and Transportation Proposals put forward together with other elements of the Draft Structure Plan, the following areas are identified as potential areas that an investor, developer or a home owner can target for their next venture in the property market. (for a copy of a previous article on Hot Locations on Oct 12, 2002 in BizWeek, kindly e-mail to email@example.com for an immediate automatic response). Please note that we do not have any interest in these locations and our advice should be regarded solely as a general guide. Please also note that the Structure Plan is for a 20 year period and based on the plan ,we are unable to assess the implementation schedule of the proposed improvements to the city.
1. City Centre. Strong emphasis on creating Kuala Lumpur city also as a residential hub, with DBKL emphasizing on making Kuala Lumpur a world class city. The city will host a bigger number of Urban Dwellers and we are of the opinion that mid to high end condominiums will be the flavor of the seasons to come as high density and high quality residential development will be encouraged in dilapidated housing areas such as those around Jalan Tiong Nam, Jalan Masjid India and Jalan Alor / Berangan.
To complement the surrounding areas, medium density high quality residential development will be designated in the areas around the KLCC, Jalan Yap Kwan Seng, Bukit Ceylon, Jalan Inai / Imbi and Jalan Stonor / Conlay. The trend is already seen with the success of existing high end developments like Hampshire Park, Kirana and 3 Kia Peng.
For commercial developments, The area within KLCC shall be developed as the main commercial hub, and the area around Jalan Bukit Bintang enhanced as a premier tourist precinct. Part of the area on the former government quarters, next to the existing temporary market at Jalan Davis shall be developed into a comprehensive market, hawkers and food centre which will also be a major tourist attraction. It shall also include a district park. We are also of the opinion that Jalan Raja Chulan will be very prominent as well due to the proposed under ground expressway connecting to the Middle Ring Road.
2. International Zones. DBKL has designated certain localities as International Zones to attract the highest caliber of expertise, both local and overseas, to live as well as work in the Kuala Lumpur. In addition to being high quality residential districts, the International Zones shall also be developed as high-end employment centers specializing in ICT or high skills technology. Commercial activities that cater to the needs and tastes of the international market shall be encouraged and precincts which specialize in international cuisine and culture shall be designated and developed.
These areas include U-Thant/Ampang area, Bangsar/Bkt Tunku/Damansara Heights Area and Bukit Jalil. The southern zone at Bukit Jalil shall serve as a bridge between the City and the MSC high tech areas to the south. Because of its key location in relation to the MSC and the City Centre, it is anticipated that Bukit Jalil will attract many expatriates and local people who are involved in high technology industries.
3. Comprehensive Development Areas. Two new hot spots are identified and targeted by DBKL as new development areas. These two locations are Kg Baru Malay Reserve in the heart of the city and the Jalan Duta federal government complex. These areas shall be comprehensively planned and developed as integrated mixed developments comprising residential, commercial and industrial uses and will include utilities and facilities will meet the demands of its projected residential populations. Each of these areas shall also be served by transit terminals that will be connected to key activities in the area and around which district centres shall be developed.
The Jalan Duta redevelopment shall primarily consist of high-end commercial, office and residential development, hotel and Meetings, Incentive, Conference and Exhibition (MICE) facilities and shall also include a specialist healthcare precinct to serve the local population of Kuala Lumpur as well as to promote healthcare tourism. A district park is also proposed here.
So, they spill over will be felt in around in and around Kg Baru, such as Jalan Dang Wangi, Jalan Semarak, Chow Kit etc and Jalan Duta such as Sri Hartamas, Mont Kiara, Segambut, Sentul Raya and Jalan Ipoh.
4. Development of Malay Reservation Areas, new villages and traditional kampongs. The development of these areas will be focused on betterment of the lifestyle of the residents without losing its cultural and historical heritage. The areas identified and targeted by DBKL include Kg Baru, Datok Keramat, Bukit Segambut, Sg Penchala, Gombak and Selayang and also new villages like Jinjang and Salak Selatan
5. Intergrated City Linkages. Always the most interesting part of the Structure Plan. Well, the key proposed linkages to have at the back of your mind are the following:
New Roads Construction and Improvements to Existing Roads
Based on the above transportation improvements, we are of the opinion that the following locations are potential opportunities to look out for:
1. Jalan Ipoh vicinity, Gombak and Sentul
6. Transit terminals Based on the structure plan and its implementation, you cannot go wrong if you were to invest in properties around major train terminals. To reinforce the strategy of providing complete and integrated transport linkages, more intensive development near to transit terminals shall be actively promoted by DBKL. Mixed-use development incorporating high-density residential, high plot ratio commercial as well as community and business facilities shall be encouraged, thus greatly reducing reliance on private transportation by making accessibility flexible and convenient.
Amongst those locations identified are:
While we have covered a lot of locations, we would also like to emphasis that there are ample opportunities in the tourism and hospitality industries as DBKL is strongly emphasizing its importance and promotion. A zonal approach for tourism development, promotion and operation will be implemented with the City Centre as its core, focusing on shopping, MICE, culture, entertainment, dining, health and education. Key areas within the other four strategic zones will focus on more specific tourism activities. Bukit Jalil-Seputeh will focus on sports and MICE, Wangsa Maju-Maluri on industrial tourism, Damansara-Penchala on education and agro-tourism and Bandar Tun Razak-Sungai Besi on eco-tourism. A special mention has to be made for the service apartment sector whereby DBKL has made it a policy that they "shall ensure that there is adequate provision of commercial apartments with convenient access to the main business areas".
The KL Draft Structure Plan 2020 is truly a blueprint that will leapfrog Kuala Lumpur into A World Class City. The main issue that remains is implementation and to quote our Honorable Mayor of Kuala Lumpur, Datuk Mohmad Shaid Mohd. Taufek, in his introduction to the Plan, "A good plan is less meaningful unless it is successfully implemented and the implementation of the Plan will not be successful without the support of the citizens".
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Table 1: Vision of The KL Draft Structure Plan 2020
Table 2 : Goals of The KL Draft Structure Plan 2020
Table 1: Vision of The KL Draft Structure Plan 2020