Close-to-home workspaces, vibrant CBD, flexible land use among strategies for S’pore’s future

SINGAPORE – Having workspaces close to home, short-term rental locations and a more vibrant central business district (CBD) are among the strategies that can shape Singapore’s future as a workplace.

These ideas were mooted on Saturday April 9 by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) during a discussion with 200 members of the public on the long-term direction of land use and infrastructure development in Singapore.

They include proposals on the future of work and the future of mobility in Singapore, such as the creation of a car-lite environment and flexibility with spaces such as urban farms and the use of underground spaces and maritime.

The URA will work with agencies to refine these strategies and gradually translate them into more detailed plans to guide Singapore’s physical development over the coming decades, he said.

Second National Development Minister Indranee Rajah, who chaired the virtual dialogue alongside URA Chief Executive Lim Eng Hwee, said: “Long-term planning is part of Singapore’s DNA. By mapping land and infrastructure needs in advance, we can better manage our scarce resources. land resources and meet various needs.

“We are also constantly reviewing and adjusting our plans along the way to seize new opportunities and meet new challenges. of our current generation, but also of future ones.

Conducted once every 10 years, the review aims to gather views to guide land use plans over the next 50 years and beyond. The year-long review, which has four phases, is expected to be completed this year.

In the review, the URA said it would expand decentralization efforts to inject more workspace closer to homes, with greater flexibility and mixed use.

These employment nodes across Singapore must be vibrant and attractive to businesses and employees, even during non-working hours.

This means that in the future it may be possible to incorporate more types of work areas with a mix of residential and commercial uses.

Coworking spaces can also be integrated within the community to meet new trends in hybrid working and flexible working, URA added.

It also intends to introduce commercial sites with shorter leases.

“This will provide businesses with more flexibility, allowing spaces to support evolving business operations. This will help our city adapt to rapidly changing economic trends,” Ms. Indranee said. “Shorter leases will allow us to respond more quickly to future uncertainties.”

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