Penang Structure Plan, local plans under review

The Penang Structure Plan will outline development plans for the state in the next 10 years. (Bernama pic)

GEORGE TOWN: The Penang Structure Plan, along with the local plans for both the island and the mainland, are currently being reviewed, Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said today.

He expressed hope that plans could be gazetted by 2019.

“I hope that the review for the structural plan can be done by this year, or at least in the first half of 2019. Similarly, efforts to review the local plans must be carried out simultaneously.

“I have already given instructions in the State Planning Committee, that the local plans need to be redone because the draft before this was completed before 2008.

“It has already been 10 years since, so we need to fine-tune the local plans further. I hope the plans can be gazetted by 2019,” he said in his speech at the swearing-in of Penang Island City Council (MBPP) councillors here today.

Also present were state Local Government Committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo and MBPP mayor Yew Tung Seang.

Later, Chow said that the authorities had started to gather public feedback and this was expected to take anything between a few months and a year.

“The sessions are expected to be completed, if not by the end of the year, it will be by early next year.

“If we move according to schedule, both the local and structure plans can be gazetted by 2019,” he added.

The structure plan governs the types of development projects allowed in the state while outlining development plans for the state in the next 10 years.

The Penang Island local plan, which was approved back in 2008 but was never gazetted and enforced, looks at the different types of development and density allowed in each area.