Rulings to keep developers in check
Malay Mail 20/12/2004
By Sushma Veera
Kuala Lumpur: Guidelines tend to be set aside but
a ruling must be adhered to or developers risk being penalised.
Laws should be introduced on hillslope development
to compel developers to follow them, said the National House Buyers
Association secretary-general Chang Kim Loong.
He was asked to comment on the rampant development
taking place near hillslopes in Selangor.
The Selangor State Government has drawn up
guidelines allowing development on hills with gradient of less than
In areas where the gradient is between 26 and 36
degrees, an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), geological and
geo-technical reports have to be carried out before approval is
On hills with a gradient of 36 degrees and more,
no development is allowed and this includes agricultural land.
Said Chang: "Although all local councils are bound
by guidelines, there are some who do not follow. Directives are
usually adhered to strictly."
He also said the people's view and comments must
be taken into consideration.
"If a developer wants to develop any area, they
must meet with the residents."
Any high-density project must factor in its impact
on traffic flow, the road system and other infrastructure and the
lifestyle of the people.
"The councils, in return should only give approval
after the infrastructure is built.
"Studies and reports must comply with Local Agenda
21 that requires the participation of the public, and owners of
neighbouring lots should be allowed to object to the proposed
development," added Chang.
He also suggested that the Environmental Impact
Assessment (EIA) reports, soil and geological studies be made
compulsory for all hillside developments.
"Hillside developers should also provide the
contour map of the area to buyers," he said.
Appoint experts to monitor hillslopes, local councils told
Kuala Lumpur: Local councils should appoint
experts to supervise and monitor development on hillslopes.
The suggestion came from the Selangor Real Estate
and Housing Developers' Association (Rehda) chairman Muztaza
Mohammed who claimed local councils lack expertise in this field.
"We are moving into the era of professional
management and it is important for the authorities to have
experiences and professional personnel."
Muztaza also suggested that the local councils
should set up a body to monitor all hillslope development in their
"The members must be experiences and well versed
in the project and this would help keep track of any soil movement
in the area and arrest the problem before it worsens," said Muztaza.
Muztaza also said local councils should know
whether a certain area can be developed to save developers from
incurring high cost in consultation fees.
Rehda Selangor has 350 developers as members.