Singapore plans waterfront city, sets land for 500k homes under Draft Master Plan 2013

An overview of the URA's draft master plan for Singapore. (Screengrab from URA website; click here for the interactive map)

Singapore’s government on Wednesday revealed plans to build new housing areas and establish a waterfront city under a draft master plan.

“The key focus of the Draft Master Plan 2013 is to build townships for all ages that are green, healthy, connected, strong in community interaction and spirit, and to bring quality jobs closer to home,” the Urban Redevelopment Authority said.

The agency announced that new housing areas will be developed at Bidadari, Tampines North and Punggol Matilda.

Also, more homes will be added to established towns such as Sembawang, Yishun, Hougang and Choa Chu Kang.

Land for 500,000 new units, mostly public housing, has been earmarked.

New housing is also eyed for the planned Marina South district beside Marina Bay and Kampong Bugis near Kallang Riverside, as well as for the extension of Holland Village, a favourite haunt of Singaporeans and tourists.

URA also said that the relocation of terminals along the southern coastline will free up 1,000 hectares of land for future development, specifically the Greater Southern Waterfront, which is envisioned to be an extension of the city that will open up new live-work-play opportunities.

The agency said that it welcomes ideas for the new waterfront area, which is “a large scale endeavour and will be worked out over the coming years”.

Under the draft master plan, government also detailed plans to bring quality jobs closer to homes, expand green and recreational spaces, conserve meaningful places and buildings, enhance transport connectivity and accessibility and enliven public spaces.

The URA said the public can provide their feedback on the Draft Master Plan 2013  through the Draft Master Plan 2013 website.

Any objection to or representation concerning any of the proposals for amendment to the Master Plan must be submitted in writing to the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of National Development, 5 Maxwell Road, Singapore 069110 no later than 19 December 2013, it added.

Check out the rundown of what you can expect in your part of Singapore in the master plan in our slideshow here: