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Residents Object High-Rise Project in Section 14

The proposal to build a high-rise mixed development project at a plot of land in Section 14, Petaling Jaya was met by objections from residents of neighbouring areas due to traffic concerns.

The council board erected at the site showed that the proposed development would feature three blocks of 40, 48 and 52 storeys, reported The Star.

The project, which is said to be part of a Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) concept, is expected to offer more than 2,000 residential units, including around 600 affordable homes.

Located near Asia Jaya LRT station, the site, however, is at a dead end with only one road connecting it to the one-way loop.

"But in the present state, it may lack in the infrastructure aspect," said Bukit Gasing assemblyman R. Rajiv, who intends to file an objection.

"There is a lot of criss-crossing of vehicles coming from Federal Highway (Kuala Lumpur-bound) entering the one-way-loop during rush hours."

He noted that residents are free to object to the development, considering that the project is only at the application stage.

"The project is still at the application stage and the landowner is free to apply, but that does not mean all that is proposed will be given approval by the council."

He revealed that only Petaling Jaya City Council practices public objection as well as public viewing after a site is gazetted under the local plan.

"There is no requirement by law under the local government to even put up a notice board to announce any development project to the public but we do it for transparency," said Rajiv.

Meanwhile, Peter Foo, a long-time resident of Section 14, noted that the project could have a maximum plot ratio of 1:8 if it was based on the TOD concept.

With this, he believes the land has potential for amenities like a hospital or school.

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