URA Draft Master Plan has attracted good response: Khaw

URA Draft Master Plan has attracted good response: Khaw
GRABBING EYEBALLS: Much of the curiosity and buzz over the URA's blueprint for the nation was about Marina South - the upcoming snazzy neighbourhood that could become a magnet for the well-heeled.

SINGAPORE - 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.

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Here is Mr Khaw's full blog post published on Dec 3:

URA's Draft Master Plan 2013 has attracted a good response. 20,000 people visited the exhibition in the first week alone. For the convenience of most, we have a DMP13 website, with close to 250,000 unique visitors so far.

DMP13 is a complete picture of how the plans by our various agencies add up collectively to shape our living environment going forward. Our vision is that every new town will promote community interaction, health, energy efficiency and worker productivity, with pervasive greenery.

DMP13 will make Singapore an inclusive city for all ages, where people are also connected through green modes of transport and work closer to their homes. For this Master Plan, we want to involve the community in proposals like community-friendly, fenceless residential precincts with fewer cars, planning of cycling routes, and shaping our public spaces. We are also seeking Singaporeans' views on how we should plan for the longer-term, in areas such as the Southern Waterfront.

The response has been very encouraging. The cycling community is excited about our plans to promote cycling as a green mode of transport and has been enthusiastically sharing their ideas with the URA. There has also been positive feedback on our plans to enhance the Civic District into a pedestrian-friendly precinct.

Many of these ideas need strong support of the community to be implemented. If you like them, you can help share the ideas and show your support. The more support we have, the more we can push the envelope to implement the plans.

Do visit the DMP13 exhibition at URA Centre or the website. Our planners have worked very hard to envision Singapore's future through interactive displays, videos, and brochures for 26 towns. Share your views so we can shape our Singapore together.

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