DBKL launches 2040 city development plan, invites recommendations from public

IN accordance with the Federal Territory (Planning) Act 1982 (Act 267), Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has prepared the Draft Kuala Lumpur Local Plan 2040 (KLLP2040), which intends to replace the Kuala Lumpur City Plan 2020. 

The Draft KLLP2040 was drafted to translate the goals and strategic direction of KLSP2040 into a more detailed physical plan to achieve the vision of Kuala Lumpur City for All.

To ensure the public's vision and needs are incorporated into the planning, DBKL conducted various engagement sessions, such as the Pre-Consultation Session, Focus Group Discussion, Technical Working Group and Member of Parliament Consultation Session during the preparation of Draft KLLP2040.

Draft KLLP2040 comes in two volumes — Volume 1, which is Managing City Planning (divided into three parts), and Volume 2, which is Promoting City Development. 

Volume 1 focuses on urban planning management, which includes planning control guidelines, land use zone and development intensity maps as well as the use of land and building classes. 

Meanwhile, Volume 2 focuses on the translation of KLSP2040 through planning strategies, implementation proposals and implementation initiatives as well as forming the basis for the details of planning control in Volume 1.

The main components of development control are zoning and intensity (plot ratio and height control) with additional control imposed on the zoning through seven planning layer controls:

  • Planning Control Layer of Layout Plan Plot Ratio
  • Planning Control Layer for Side Corridors of River, Lake and Pond
  • Planning Control Layer for Heritage Areas or Buildings
  • Planning Control Layer for the Height Control Zone Surrounding Istana Negara
  • Planning Control Layer for Line of Sight Towards Landmarks
  • Planning Control Layer for Public Open Spaces In Private Schemes (OS4)
  • Planning Control Layer for Affordable Housing (RMM)

The document also introduces a new plot ratio incentive — an additional floor space allowable if an approved development contributes towards improving the quality of life, workspace environment, accessibility, community facilities, infrastructure and utilities in Kuala Lumpur, while still adhering to the current government policy. 

Draft KLLP2040 also detailed six goals that are derived from the KLSP2040 objectives, which DBKL hopes to achieve by 2040: 

  • Encouraging the development of Kuala Lumpur as an innovative and productive city Focusing on the development of Kuala Lumpur as an inclusive, equitable and livable city 
  • Strengthening the surrounding development of Kuala Lumpur as a green, healthy and vibrant city
  • Strengthening the development of Kuala Lumpur as a climate-smart and low-carbon city 
  • Focusing on the development of Kuala Lumpur as an efficient and environmentally friendly mobility city 
  • Enhancing the development of Kuala Lumpur as an integrated and sustainable city

In Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's written message for the launch of KLSP2040 and KLLP2040, he shared that the vision for Kuala Lumpur to become a City For All by 2040 must be embraced by all citizens. 

"[The draft] is expected to realise the vision of a City For All, transforming Kuala Lumpur as the capital of Malaysia into an inclusive city focused on sustainable urban development and management to achieve the wellbeing of the urban population," he wrote. 

The public is encouraged to provide views and suggestions on the Draft KLLP2040 to ensure that everyone's aspirations are taken into account. Submissions can be made here

City residents are also encouraged to attend a briefing session on the Draft PTKL2040 conducted during the exhibition period. 

Once the submission period for public opinion ends, DBKL will work with academicians and professional bodies to review each submission and finalise the draft's amendments. 

After obtaining approval from the Parliament, KLLP2040 will be gazetted and become applicable for the next 20 years or until a new replacement plan is adopted.

"The government is attentive and conscientious in making sure the plan helps Kuala Lumpur achieve its goal in becoming a City for All by the year 2040," wrote Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (Federal Territories) Dr Zaliha Mustafa in her congratulatory message. 

Learn more about KLLP2040 and its ongoing exhibition here.

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