SINGAPORE - The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) announced the opening of its Draft Master Plan 2013 exhibition on Wednesday, with a focus on building green, healthy and connected townships.
The Draft Master Plan comes after five years of public engagement.
Through the Draft Master Plan 2013, the URA aims to make Singapore a better home for our people through:
•Providing a quality living environment with a variety of housing options
•Bringing quality jobs closer to home and growing the financial and business hub in the city
•Expanding green and recreational spaces for all
•Building an endearing home
•Enhancing our transport connectivity and accessibility
•Enlivening our public space
Here are some of the highlights of the Draft Master Plan 2013:
A quality living environment
The URA will be looking into providing quality living environment at not just new housing areas in Bidadari, and Tampines North, mature estates such as Sembawang, Yishun, Hougang, and Choa Chu Kang will be rejuvenated with new homes to allow families to stay closer to each other.
With Marina South and Kampung Bugis identified as the next major growth areas, URA is exploring an underground network of car parks in Marina South, while Kampong Bugis will pilot an eco-friendly, car-reduced concept to reduce the reliance on cars as a form of transport.
Holland Village will also be extended to include a new underground parking station.
More jobs near home
Under the Draft Master Plan, Singaporeans will be able to work closer to home to reduce commuting time and ease congestion during peak hours.
Regional employment centres such as Jurong Lake District, Tampines Regional Centre, and Paya Lebar Central will continue to grow.
There will also be new growth areas in the Woodlands Regional Centre, Punggol Learning Corridor and Creative Cluster.
New industrial sites at CleanTech Park, Wenya, Jurong West and Tuas in the west, and Seletar West and Lorong Halus in the north-east, will also offer new job opportunities.
Expanded park connector network, more nature spaces
The expansion of the park connector network, Round Island Route and Rail Corridor will enable 90 per cent of residents to live within 400 m of a park.
A similar link to the Eco-Link@BKE above the Bukit Timah Expressway is being planned at the future Tengah town to connect the Western Water Catchment and the Bukit Timah and Central Catchment Nature Reserves. NParks will be introducing more than 60 km of nature ways by 2015.