The Joint Consultative committee consisted of Malaysian Institute of Architects, Sabah Chapter, (PAM) Association of Consulting Engineers Malaysia, ACEM Sabah Branch, Institution of Engineers Malaysia, IEM Sabah Branch and Royal Institution of Surveyors Malaysia, RISM Sabah Branch led by their respective chairmen Ar. Lo Su Yin, Ir. Fung Yin Khun, Ir. Lo Chong Chiun, and Sr. Maria Othman respectively paid a courtesy visit to the Putatan District Council on 8th October, 2012. This was the first time whereby the joint professional bodies from the building fraternity visited the District Council.
The delegation comprising of twelve committee members of The Joint Consultative Committee were met by the District Officer, Encik Ag. Abdul Ghani Hj. Pg. Yusoff, Executive Officer, Encik Awang Saifudin Hj Jumat and the council members. Also present at the meeting are representative from the Perancang Bandar dan Wilayah and Jabatan Pengairan dan Saliran
Putatan District Council is the latest addition of the 26 district councils in Sabah. Since the formation of the Council 2 years ago, Putatan town had experienced tremendous growth over the past years.
The objectives of the visit were to forge closer link with the Council through dialogues cum discussion sessions. There is an urgent need to focus and update on the planning guidelines and plan submission procedures so as to streamline the plan approval process and to achieve a balanced and orderly growth.
Encik Ag. Abdul Ghani Hj.Pg Yusoff informed that all development plans previously submitted and approved by the Penampang District Council which now fall under the Putatan District Council boundary will be transferred and handled by their council. The status of their approvals will be maintained as long as there is no amendment made to the development layout.
Other issues raised at the meeting included the revision of the building by-laws for Putatan District Council, traffic congestion and pressure exerted on the existing centralized sewerage plant.The close proximity of the district to the KKIA would mean that building height within the district can be restricted by the aerodrome of the Department of Civil Aviation.
Putatan is a vibrant and fast growing district and has attracted a lot of development. There is a need for orderly development to be a sustainable and environmentally friendly for conducive living, working and recreation, The Joint Consultative Committee recommended major infrastructures such as traffic, sewerage, water, power etc. are required to be planned in an integral manner.
The Joint Consultative Committee representatives pledged to render their full support to the council by way of offering their professional services as part of their corporate social responsibility for Putatan and beyond.
Reported by Ar. Lo Su Yin/ Ir. Fung Yin Khun / Ir. Lo Chong Chiun