Sustaining a Dynamic Centre – Introducing Mixed Use Areas and Housing
The Central Area will continue to be a dynamic city centre where job and business opportunities abound, where homes are short walks away from workplaces, and with entertainment and play options for all. However, we are also working to revitalised the CBD with an increasingly diverse mix of residential, hotel and retail uses in new commercial developments.
Connecting People and Places
Over the next decade up to 2030, developments in the Central Area will be within an average of 5-minutes walking distance from an MRT station. A network of dedicated cycling paths will be also implemented in the Central Area, to promote cycling as an alternative mode of transport downtown.
To complement the public transport network, efforts will be made to enhance the "last mile" of the commuter's journey. Through the creation of attractive streetscapes and sheltered pedestrian links, walking to a public transport node or any other destination in the city will be a more enjoyable experience. 29 kilometres of underground links have been planned within the city to improve accessibility and allow pedestrians to move around comfortably in all-weather and connect more buildings seamlessly with MRT stations.
In addition, more housing will be built in city locations such as the CBD, Marina Bay, Marina South, River Valley, Pearl’s Hill, and the Ophir-Rochor area. Each of these developments will be within a 5 to 10 minutes’ walk to transport nodes, shops, restaurants, cultural attractions, and recreational spaces.
Creating a Liveable and Sustainable City
Singapore aspires to be a City-in-a-Garden. While the city already enjoys clean air, water, and green streetscapes, we will continue to improve urban diversity, add greenery, encourage the use of public transport, and promote energy efficiency.
Eco-friendly buildings – Individual developments will be encouraged to be more energy efficient and adopt eco-features e.g. rainwater collection and greywater recycling. Principles of air flow will also be incorporated into urban design to create cooler streets.
Ample Greenery - Supportive policies are in place to expand our green spaces through the provision of more sky parks and vertical greenery. Through the “LUSH” programme, new developments in Marina Bay and key growth areas are to provide 100% greenery replacement of their original site areas. 236 hectares of parks, promenades, and park connectors have been also set aside within the Central Area, which will eventually allow every Central Area development to be within a 5 to 10 minutes’ walk to a park, promenade, or public space.
A Dual-Use Waterfront - The Marina Barrage has turned Marina Bay into Singapore’s first city-centre reservoir and a haven for recreational water activities. The Marina Catchment Area formed by the Marina Barrage is the island's largest and most urbanised water catchment, with an area on-sixth the size of Singapore.
Greater Southern Waterfront Design Consultancy by Urban Strategies Inc.
Sustainable Development Framework Planning and Design for Marina Bay and Greater Southern Waterfront by AECOM Singapore Pte. Ltd.