Dedicated this morning to taking part in a public engagement session (on Zoom) organised by Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), part of a year-long consultation exercise for their Long-Term Plan Review (LTPR). The LTPR is a review of Singapore’s long-term land use plans.
Around 110 of us were divided into groups for breakout sessions, and I was assigned to Group 1, which explored ways and means for Singapore’s built environment to be more inclusive.
Some ideas I shared during the session:
1. Convert open-air carparks in older housing estates into community plazas.
2. Pedestrianise more under-utilised roads in towns, and convert them into civic spaces.
3. Develop “dead” spaces below expressway flyovers.
Some of them could be converted into bus terminals for intra-expressway bus services which can offer a fast connection between towns.
4. New neighbourhoods to incorporate housing blocks of varying heights - 40 storeys, 10 to 15 storeys, two to four storeys.
5. For each housing estate, organise regular migrant worker appreciation nights for residents and migrant workers to bond over meals - a small way to thank the people responsible for maintaining the estate.
Everyone was given ample opportunities to share, and the session was well facilitated. In all, it was a fruitful morning, and I felt I had done my duty as a concerned citizen.
URA’s summary of the results of the session:
Here’s hoping more government agencies similarly engage us with regards to long-term plans - after all, these plans affect each and every one of us who share this island we call home.