Sarawak Undertakes Urban Renewal Development Projects – Abang Jo

A higher end residential area in Kuching. - Internet photo
A higher end residential area in Kuching. – Internet photo

KUCHING – The Sarawak Housing and Urban Development Ministry has formulated a State Urban Renewal Implementation Guidelines that will be used by the implementing agencies for planning, implementing and assessing urban renewal projects in an integrated manner.

Its minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said the ministry was currently collaborating with the Land Custody and Development Authority (LCDA) and Housing Development Corporation (HDC) to undertake a number of urban renewal development projects under the newly expanded portfolio.

“Urban renewal involves the redevelopment of congested and unplanned settlements or dilapidated brown field areas into a liveable, vibrant, sustainable and orderly neighbourhood and new urban centres,” he said in his winding up speech for his ministry in the State Legislative Assembly here Tuesday.

Abang Johari said the ministry has also established a State Urban Renewal Projects Committee (SURPC) to coordinate the implementation of various urban renewal initiatives and projects, to deliberate on matters and issues on urban renewal and provide guidance and ensuring the provision of public amenities and infrastructure in urban renewal areas are well planned and properly coordinated.

He said his ministry, through state owned agency LCDA as the main implementation agency for the redevelopment of villages and towns, would continue to ensure proper and efficient planning and the implementation of these projects.

As part of the ministry’s continuous effort to provide business-friendly and quality services to its customers, Abang Johari said the ministry has implemented the Housing Development and Management System or known as HomeApps since February this year.

It allows housing developers to submit their applications for license, permit, low-cost and affordable housing via on-line system besides enabling the ministry’s officers to monitor private housing development more effectively.

He said housing claims by house buyers at the Housing Purchaser Claims Tribunal could also now be done speedily at any time and from any part of Sarawak.

“With the implementation of HomeApps, developers are assured that their complete applications for license and permit will be decided within five working days, compared to 15 working days previously under the manual system,” he said.