URA Draft Master Plan has attracted good response: Khaw

An artists impression of Holland Village. The response to the Urban Redevelopment Authority's new blueprint for the country has been "very encouraging", Minister for National Development Khaw Boon Wan said in a blog post on Tuesday. -- PHOTO: URA&nbs
An artists impression of Holland Village. The response to the Urban Redevelopment Authority's new blueprint for the country has been "very encouraging", Minister for National Development Khaw Boon Wan said in a blog post on Tuesday. -- PHOTO: URA 

The response to the Urban Redevelopment Authority's new blueprint for the country has been "very encouraging", Minister for National Development Khaw Boon Wan said in a blog post on Tuesday.

The Draft Master Plan 2013 guides land use over the next 10 to 15 years with revisions every five years. URA is seeking feedback on proposals such as community-friendly, fenceless residential precincts with fewer cars, planning of cycling routes, shaping public spaces, and developing the Southern Waterfront area.

Mr Khaw wrote that the cycling community has been sharing ideas with URA and is excited about the plans to promote cycling as a green mode of transport. "There has also been positive feedback on our plans to enhance the Civic District into a pedestrian-friendly precinct."

Some 20,000 people visited the exhibition at the URA Centre in its first week and there have been close to 250,000 unique visitors to the website, http://www.ura.gov.sg/MS/DMP2013/.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong also said in a Facebook post that the URA team has come up with bold ideas to strike a good balance between "allowing for new development, while protecting space for green living and conservation".

"It envisions more jobs closer to our homes; 90 per cent of households to live within 400 metres of parks; 700 km of cycling routes integrated with our public transport network; and more," he wrote.

He invited readers to view URA's videos at

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pq7SOYpCUeo&list=PL8uwWxk88HcTaucRtkafpIl...