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URA launches public engagement exercise to review long-term land use needs

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URA launches public engagement exercise to review long-term land use needs
URA launches public engagement exercise to review long-term land use needs

With the engagement exercise, URA will gather feedback from members of the public and stakeholders from various fields and expertise “to study various trends and developments that could unfold in the future, and their corresponding implications on land use”.

The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) has launched a public engagement exercise to review Singapore’s long-term land use needs and strategies.

Conducted every 10 years, the review of the city-state’s long-term land use plans is aimed at safeguarding land for a quality living environment, based on changing demands and evolving trends.

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“Singapore faces very different circumstances now, where land demands and pressures have become more complex in an increasingly volatile, uncertain and fast-evolving environment,” noted URA.

“First, we have to consider development, redevelopment and rejuvenation within the confines of our small city-state. Next, trends such as social and demographic changes, economic and technological disruptions, the existential threat of climate change, and unexpected shocks such as the COVID-19 pandemic, may significantly impact the way we use our land and our living environment,” it said.

It added that Singapore’s plans should be able “to adapt and adjust to future trends and challenges”.

With the engagement exercise, URA will gather feedback from members of the public and stakeholders from various fields and expertise “to study various trends and developments that could unfold in the future, and their corresponding implications on land use”.

The feedback will be used by URA and other relevant agencies to develop long-term land use plans and strategies to cater to various future possibilities.

“This will ensure that our plans are flexible and adaptable to respond to changing needs and circumstances, and sufficient land continues to be safeguarded for sustainable development and a quality living environment,” said URA.

To run from July 2021 to June 2022, the engagement exercise consists of four phases.

The first phase, which will run until September this year, will see URA conducting online polls and workshops in a bid to understand Singaporean’s hopes and concerns for the future. In fact, one such poll is being conducted and will last until 16 August.

URA shared that feedback collected “will contribute towards shaping a collective vision and shared values for the LTPR, and the development of our long-term plans and strategies”.

Under the second phase, different segments of the population, such as residents, academia, businesses and professional community, will be invited to discuss possible land use strategies to achieve the vision of the long-term plan. This phase will run from October to December this year.

“We will also engage Singaporeans to gather insights on how we should plan our future city, such as housing towns, workplaces and the Central Business District, as well as recreational and familiar places,” said URA.

The third phase will run from January 2022 to March 2022. In this phase, members of the public will be involved in further conversations regarding the set of possible land use strategies developed during the second phase of the engagement exercise.

Under the final phase, from April 2022 to June June 2022, URA will present “the long-term land use plans and strategies developed based on the public’s feedback and ideas from earlier phases”.

The resultant plans and strategies will also guide the next Master Plan review in 2024.

“Plans are effective only when they are relevant to the people, and anchored on a shared vision and values that resonate deeply with Singaporeans’ hopes and aspirations. We look forward to partnering Singaporeans to be stewards of our land, and reimagine Singapore together to shape a liveable, sustainable and endearing home for many generations to come,” said URA CEO Lim Eng Hwee.

From today till 16 August 20201, you may provide your feedback via this online poll on URA’s site.

 

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Victor Kang, Digital Content Specialist at PropertyGuru, edited this story. To contact him about this story, email: [email protected]

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