Singapore’s Urban Redevelopment Authority had just recently publicized a draft master plan for the tiny city state on the 27th of March 2019. The master plan is a land use plan that guides Singapore’s development needs over the next 10 to 15 years. The plan is reviewed and updated every 5 years, with the previous master plan drafted back in 2014.

In doing long term planning, the URA (the Government Agency tasked with planning and optimizing Singapore’s land usage) relied on both concept plan and the master plan. Unlike the master plan, the concept plan is a land use and transportation plan that guides Singapore’s development needs over the next 40 to 50 years. Due to the limited land space, this plan is used to ensure that there is sufficient land to meet the needs of long-term population and economic growth and the plan is reviewed every 10 years.

Some of the key points released in this Draft Master Plan include:

  • Build more new homes in the Central area (CBD, Marina Bay, CBD fringe); to ensure that there is vibrancy and city life at night
  • Build more green space (parks, park connectors, nature reserves, cycling paths)
  • Build more transit oriented development (such as MRT stations, new MRT lines, more spaces for public transit and active mobility such as bicycle and e-scooter)
  • Reallocate existing infrastructures to make way for future communal spaces such as housings and public infrastructure (Paya Lebar airbase to be relocated, expiring sembawang shipyard land lease)
  • Conserve arts and historical buildings as tourist and locals attractions

 

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URA said that going forward, future residential precincts will continue to be sustainable, green, community-centric and car-lite, with easy access to a range of public spaces and amenities. Amenities will also be located in one-stop centres similar to Our Tampines Hub to make it easier for residents to shop, dine and engage in family-bonding activities under one roof.

In this master plan, Singapore will have 3 separate major economic gateways, with each in the East, North and West focusing on their own niches.

  • Changi in the East, will focus on Aviation related businesses
  • Woodlands to Punggol in the North, will focus on Agri-tech and Food, Digital Technology and Cyber Security
  • The greater Jurong in the West, will be the 2nd CBD outside Central

One of the issues which is more relevant to the people would be the housing needs. There had been mixed reactions in the Social Media on the plan, however, URA had said that they will release more details especially on the residential development in the future. Apart from Dakota Crescent and Farrer Park which were designated as Public Housing Development, the rest of the development is only vaguely marked as residential (which could mean either private or public).

EditorLatest ThinkingPolitics2019,Authority,HDB,housing,Master,Plan,private,public,Revelopment,Singapore,URA,UrbanSingapore's Urban Redevelopment Authority had just recently publicized a draft master plan for the tiny city state on the 27th of March 2019. The master plan is a land use plan that guides Singapore's development needs over the next 10 to 15 years. The plan is reviewed and updated...