Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Town planners have been urged to be sensitive and far-sighted in coming up with more strategic and holistic planning to create towns that can provide high-quality living for its residents.

State Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Hajiji Noor said visionary town planning would produce towns that would be responsive to future challenges in keeping with the changing times.

“To improve the quality of service delivery, we need to resolve the current planning issues which are the main challenge to our transformation programme.

This means the issues of slow plan approvals, land use, planning standard and so on must be tackled to make these more efficient.”

Hajiji said this in his speech at the Sabah Town and Regional Planning Department’s 33rd anniversary dinner function which was also attended by its director Mursidi Sapie, here, last night.

He said the use of new technology like digital mapping was a wise move in dealing with land planning and development issues for the good of all.

Hajiji also called for the involvement of all relevant quarters in helping the government’s efforts towards green technology.

“Green technology will create new business opportunities and encourage investment in the real estate sector to make it more sustainable and give a positive impact to the state’s economic development, besides creating balance between development and the environment,” he said.

Source: Borneo Post



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