What new developments are coming to your area? How will these developments affect the way you live and work? What changes would you like to see in your local environment? These are all things URA’s Draft Master Plan 2019 attempts to address.
The Master Plan is a long-term land use plan that guides Singapore’s development needs over the next 10 to 15 years. Currently, it is in Draft form, which means 1) you can read it and learn about it through a free exhibition (more on that below); and 2) you can provide feedback and contribute to the plan.
Draft Master Plan Themes
With a growing population (originally project to be 6.9 million by 2030, though this has been recently adjusted downward), rising sea levels, an ageing demographic, and a greater demand for housing, the plan has five themes aimed to address these issues.
The five are:
- Liveable and inclusive communities
- Local hubs, global gateways
- Convenient and sustainable mobility
- Rejuvenating familiar places
- Sustainable and resilient city of the future
The plan features new housing concepts, subterranean spaces, one-stop hubs, age-friendly designs, more connected green spaces, and special economic development gateways, such as the new Agri-Food Innovation Park and the Punggol Digital District.
The plan also lays out the redevelopment of two key areas — the Greater Southern Waterfront and the Paya Lebar Air Base.
The Draft Master Plan 2019 Exhibition
From now until 23 May 2019, you can sign up for a free guided tour of the exhibition. Click here for the link.
You can also view the exhibition on your own from now until 5 June.
The exhibition is at the URA Centre (45 Maxwell Road, Singapore 069118) and is open from 8.30am to 6.30pm (M-F) and 9am to 5pm (Sa).
Master plans and their respective exhibition take place every five years.
Sharing Your Feedback and Proposals
You can also play a part in shaping Singapore by sharing your feedback on the various proposals in the Draft Master Plan. Click here for the link.
You can also share feedback on the exhibition itself.
How do you want to live, work, and play? What type of environment and future do you want your children to grow up in? And how can all of our collective desires and wishes be fulfilled in a sustainable, economically-feasible, and inclusive way?
These are challenges that every city and nation face. And I am grateful that Singapore creates such long-term plans and that these plans are open to citizen participation. This is not the case in many other nations.