Planning Principles and Control Mechanisms of New Town Development in Malaysia

Dasimah Bt Omar


There is no clear-cut definition of constitutes new towns. The notion of self-containment is rightly seen as central to many new towns and often been one of the underlying objectives. References on planning principles and control mechanisms regarding new town development in Malaysia are very limited. Therefore, the perception survey is to identify the planning principles and control mechanisms of new town development in Malaysia from the perspective of two different groups of professional town planners. The findings showed that there is an urgent need to properly define new town and to clearly spell out the planning principles and control mechanisms as to the requirements of new town development. There is a strong need for an integrated national policy, strong need for special development control mechanisms, moderately strong need for a separate format for preparing the Development Proposal Report, a moderate need for special planning standards and some support for revising the present Town and Country Planning Act so as to satisfy the new town development.

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