Draft Master Plan 2013: Central Area Development

On November 22, 2013, URA (Urban Redevelopment Authority) released the Draft Master Plan of 2013. Singaporeans should be proud and excited for the Draft Master Plan. Basically, the Master Plan is Singapore’s comprehensive approach in maximizing land use. There are six key focuses for this Master Plan namely housing, public spaces, transport, identity, recreation and economy.

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The good thing about this Master Plan is that all areas of Singapore are covered. The development is not only concentrated in the Central Region. It also includes development in West Region, North Region, East Region and North East Region. Let us start in the Central area. There are many districts in Central Singapore to include:

Civic District

The Civic District is an important part of Singapore’s past because it was the early administrative seat and cultural centre. The district is home for ACM, Arts House and the forthcoming National Art Gallery. Developments will include many walk-able areas, quality public places and many more.

Bras Basah.Bugis

Bras Basah.Bugis is home to many heritage sites, arts and learning centres. To date, there are improvement works specifically in Queen Street and Waterloo Street. The streets included in Bras Basah.Bugis will have more pedestrians to encourage more street activities.

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CBD

Central Business District (CBD) is the major business or central district here in Singapore. In this particular area, things such as high quality office environment should be encouraged considering that Singapore is a financial and business hub. The forthcoming projects in this area will include commuter connections and pedestrian areas.

Marina Bay

Marina Bay is the epitome of growth, vibrancy and sustainable development. The district has many activities that all people can enjoy. What could you ask for more? The Master Plan is looking into a residential community within the Marina Bay which can feature environment friendly houses and walk-able and cycle friendly pathways.

Orchard Road

Orchard Road is Singapore’s shopping belt. There are many improvements long before the Master Plan was released. But with the coming of the Master Plan, all people should expect more things like enhancing pedestrian pathways, connectivity (from one spot to another) and many things to entice many shoppers.