Dear Johor developers, a development charge may be on its way. In accordance with the provisions of Section 32 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1976 (Act 172), the Johor government plans to impose a development charge on property projects carried out. This is already in the final stage of coordination, according to State Housing and Local Government Committee chairman Datuk Abd Latin Bandi. Of course, the ‘final stage’ here refers to before being presented to Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin.
The charge is to be levied on the applicant whose development project was approved for the conversion of land use, which changed the floor area, compactness and density, would raise its value. This development charge will provide provisions to improve infrastructure and public facilities in the area. He shared that this should be implemented next year but it will not have a give a big impact on the selling price of property units. What it is supposed to do however would be to benefit the local authorities, the developers, community and state.
Instead of speculating on when is the date for implementation, I would personally wish for more of these new improvements for the public to be spelt out well in advance. In writing, hopefully. I think Johoreans should get to know so that they too can provide some constructive comments. Whatever is good for the public should be quickly shared so that when it is completed, the public can have access to and benefit from it. I do think it will be implemented, just like the hotel levy in another state which I also support and have paid willingly. I hope it will be used wisely. Happy believing.
written on 24 Oct 2016
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