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Singapore Receives Recommendations on Concept Plan 2011
Source: www.thegovmonitor.com
Source Date: Thursday, August 19, 2010
Country: Singapore
Created: Aug 20, 2010

Two focus groups recommend more green buildings, promoting public transport and cycling, enhancing city buzz and catering for diversity in our society in planning Singapore’s land use and transportation for the next 40 to 50 years.

The groups’ recommendations on “Quality of Life” and “Sustainability and Identity” aim to develop Singapore into a more lively and sustainable city and an endearing home.

The Concept Plan 2011 Focus Groups on “Quality of Life” and “Sustainability and Identity” presented their final reports on their recommendations for the Concept Plan 2011 to the Ministry of National Development and Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) today.

As part of the public consultation exercise for the Concept Plan 2011 review, two focus groups were appointed by the URA in January 2010 to discuss four key issues – Quality of Life, Ageing, Sustainability and Identity – that will shape our live, work and play environment in the coming years.

The two focus groups’ recommendations were finalised after extensive discussions and site visits by the focus groups from January 2010 to April 2010. The final report also took into consideration public feedback received on the draft recommendations at two public forums held on 6 and 10 May 2010, as well as the findings of the URA Lifestyle and Online surveys, which were announced on 30 April 2010.

Focus group on “Sustainability and Identity”

The focus group on “Sustainability and Identity” aspires for Singapore to be a Sustainable City and an Endearing Home.

To achieve this, the focus group has come up with a set of recommendations categorised under two key thrusts:

  • Building a sustainable city
  • Strengthen green infrastructure
  • Foster more sharing and ownership of sustainable practices

Making Singapore an endearing home:

  • Cherish and safeguard our built and natural heritage
  • Enhance our people’s experience of our built and natural heritage
  • Involve the stakeholders and community in shaping an endearing Singapore

See Annex A for the summary of key recommendations on “Sustainability and Identity”.

Click here for the final report of Focus Group’s recommendations on “Sustainability and Identity”.

Focus group on “Quality of Life”

The focus group on “Quality of Life” aspires for Singapore to be an even more liveable and lively city, one which is inspiring, inclusive and vibrant, and which residents love and are proud to call home.

To achieve this, the focus group proposed four key themes:

  • Distinctiveness: An inspiring global and Asian city
  • Proud home: Deepening the sense of community and ownership
  • People-centricity: Catering for diversity while being ‘age-friendly’
  • At the cutting edge: Breaking new ground as a city of tomorrow

See Annex B for the summary of key recommendations on “Quality of Life”.

Click here for the final report of Focus Group’s recommendations on “Quality of Life”.

The focus groups’ recommendations will be taken into consideration in drawing up the Concept Plan 2011. The draft Concept Plan 2011 will be exhibited in the second half of 2011 where public feedback will be sought on the Concept Plan 2011 before it is finalised.

About the Concept Plan

The Concept Plan maps out the long term directions for Singapore’s land use and transportation plans over the next 40 to 50 years. The Concept Plan takes into consideration Singapore’s land use demands including housing, industry and commerce, community, recreation, transport and infrastructure needs.

It safeguards land for key growth sectors to ensure we have enough land to meet all our development needs even in the long term. The review is carried out once every ten years and the present review is scheduled to be completed in 2011.

About the Concept Plan 2011 Focus Groups

As part of the public consultation exercise for the Concept Plan 2011 review, two focus groups were formed in January 2010.

Mr Lee Tzu Yang, Chairman, Shell Companies in Singapore and Ambassador Ong Keng Yong, Director, Institute of Policy Studies chaired a focus group which looked into Sustainability and Identity issues. The second group, co-chaired by Mr Edmund Cheng, Chairman, National Arts Council and Prof Tan Chorh Chuan, President, National University of Singapore discussed issues on Quality of Life.

The two focus groups comprised a good balance of members, from professional organisations, non-government organisations, academics, community leaders, business representatives, youths etc to represent a broad spectrum of our population.

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