There will no longer be a need for a public hearing of projects that follow the Kuala Lumpur City Plan 2020-2040, once the said plan is gazetted next year. This is because doing so would be redundant, given that a series of public hearings had and would be conducted until end-2020 to draft the plan, explained Federal Territories Minister Khalid Samad.
“Once the public hearings are complete, the plan will be gazetted by the end of 2020,” he said, reported The Star.
“Therefore, any development that followed what is stipulated in the plan will not need another public hearing session.”
Khalid noted that public hearing is conducted only if the development contravenes the gazetted plan.
“During that public hearing, the Traffic Impact Assessment and Social Impact Assessment must be laid out,” he said.
“Cases under the Kuala Lumpur City Plan 2020 that was gazetted in October last year are different because the public hearings were held in 2012 but the plan was not gazetted then.”
The absence of a gazetted plan called for the use of Rule 5. However, the mechanism changes if there is a gazetted plan, said Khalid.
Under Rule 5, the mayor is mandated to refer to the registered owners of the adjacent site, via advertisements in newspapers and exhibition, to invite objections to the proposed development which involves the conversion of land use, increase in residential density or zoning.
The aforesaid provision is part of the Planning Development Amendment Rules of 1994, which is a bylaw in the Federal Territory Planning Act 1982.