The Penang State Government is embarking on a Publicity Program for the Planning And Design Guide For Public Realm As An Addendum To The Draft Special Area Plan Of The George Town Unecso World Heritage Site. This program is led by Jabatan Perancang Bandar dan Desa Pulau Pinang (Penang State Town and Country Planning Department, JPBDPP), in collaboration with Majlis Perbandaran Pulau Pinang (MPPP), George Town World Heritage Incorporated (GTWHI), Think City Sdn Bhd (TCSB) and Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC).

The Planning and Design Guide for Public Realm in George Town World Heritage Site was prepared to complement the Special Area Plan (SAP) by providing a framework that combines conservation and development. The aim of the development component is to transform George Town into a premiere cultural and creative hub in the South Asian region in order to attract quality tourism and investment.

The addendum to the Special Area Plan is prepared as a recommendation by AKTC to conserve, beautify and upgrade George Town UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Penang State Government represented by the Chief Minister Incorporated (CMI) together with partners Think City and the AKTC, will be setting up a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) to manage the implementation of the projects associated with the upgrading of the public realm in the George Town WHS. Think City and AKTC will be involved in the operations, financing and 2015 upcoming projects include Armenian Park, the Heritage Management Plan for Fort Cornwallis and concept design plans for the North Seafront. As this project presents itself as a golden opportunity by an internationally acclaimed heritage institution, as well as, an important recognition towards the outstanding universal value of George Town UNESCO World Heritage Site, thus the State Government will undertake initiatives to undergo this process as a commitment to AKTC and also accountable and transparent public participation.

Think City, who manages the George Town Grants Programme, supports the development of an inclusive and liveable city in George Town UNESCO Heritage Site by engaging communities and taking a values-based approach to city making.

AKTC through its Aga Khan Historic Cities Support Programme (“AKHCP”), undertake projects involving urban regeneration, conservation, and physical and social revitalisation of communities in historic cities and settlements in developing countries.

Both Think City and the AKTC recently completed the George Town World Heritage Site Strategic Management Plan, which was submitted to the Penang State Government in October 2014.

Thus, the public is invited to present their feedback and suggestions on the addendum beginning 2 February 2015 till 9 March 2015, from 9.00am till 4.30pm on working days only (Monday till Friday).

The Publicity Program will be held in three (3) locations in the George Town World Heritage Site, mainly:

a) Concourse Area (In Front of Popular Bookstore)
Tingkat 2, KOMTAR
10000 Pulau Pinang

b) George Town World Heritage Incorporated Building
116 & 118, Lebuh Acheh 
10200 Pulau Pinang

c) Town Hall, 
Padang Kota Lama
10200 Pulau Pinang

Two (2) sessions of Talks will be held to debrief the public of the Planning and Design Guide For Public Realm of The George Town UNECSO World Heritage Site as follows:

a) 9 February 2015 (Monday), 9.30am at Auditorium A, Level 5, KOMTAR; and
b) 28 February 2015 (Saturday), 10.00am at GTWHI Building, 116 & 118, Lebuh Acheh, 11200 Pulau Pinang.

The public is also invited to submit their suggestions and proposals based on the inspection of the draft report using the Objection Form made available at the three (3) locations or via this email address, .

Sales of CDs of the Draft Special Area Plan of George Town World Heritage Site will be made available at RM20 a piece while the sales of CDs of the Planning and Design Guide For Public Realm of George Town UNECSO World Heritage Site will be made available at RM5 a piece.

Public Participation in the preparation of the Draft Planning and Design Guide for Public Realm of George Town UNECSO World Heritage Site empowers the public in the decision making and planning process for the public realm in George Town UNECSO World Heritage Site. All members of stakeholders including government agencies, residents and owners of buildings within the UNESCO World Heritage Site, NGOs, associations and others are invited to participate in this program.

For further enquiries, kindly contact Puan Asmahan binti Mokti, JPBDPP T: 04-6505672 or En Mohd Khairi bin Mat Yasin T: 04-6505544.