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Research and Development Division

Introduction
The Research and Development Division was established in the Federal Department of Town and Country Planning Peninsular Malaysia for the purpose of securing the quality and efficiency of town and country planning services at all levels of the government through the findings and conclusions of comprehensive, innovative, progressive, sustainable and scientific research studies.
The role of the Research and Development Division is to continually improve the quality of town and country planning services through the coordination and preparation of planning guidelines and research studies that can be referred to in conducting town and country planning and development.


The Objectives
Objective of the Research and Development Division are:

  • To conduct planning research studies and formulate planning guidelines in line with national development policies and planning principles, benchmarked against local and international best practices;
  • To conduct planning research studies and guidelines in terms of :
    • land use planning and its components;
    • evaluation of international policies and research;
    • environmental planning and risk management;
    • urban morphology, design and heritage;
    • planning techniques and methodology; and,
    • sustainable development.
  • To ensure that planning research studies utilize scientific, creative, innovative, practical and up-to-date approaches;
  • To review existing planning guidelines to accommodate existing needs, demand and changing lifestyles;
  • To provide expert input to other divisions within the department and to other departments or agencies;
  • To establish planning research smart partnerships and collaboration with higher learning and professional institutes as well as other research bodies locally and internationally;
  • To disseminate planning research findings and guidelines through teach-in, expert talks, forums, roundtable discussions, seminars, workshops and programmes; and,
  • To produce planning monographs, journals and bulletins.



Function
The main function of the Division is to carry out planning research and prepare quality planning research studies, guidelines and standards utilizing scientific, creative, innovative, practical and up-to-date approaches as input into development plans, development control and other planning activities.


Organisational Structure
The Research and Development Division is under the responsibility of a Deputy Director-General (Development) and headed by a Director. The Division consists of six specialized planning research units, each headed Senior Principal Assistant Director:

  1. Land Use, Industry, Commercial, Housing, Social Facilities, Infrastructure and Land Utilities Research Unit
    • To conduct research on policies and legislation in land use planning such as housing, commercial, industries, public facilities, transport, infrastructure, utilities etc;
    • To conduct research on land use planning issues, include siting and zoning as well as the latest development concepts such as compact city, Small Office Home Offices (SOHO), Transit Oriented Development (TOD) etc.;
    • To prepare guidelines and manuals based on the research findings;
    • To supervise and revise guidelines and manuals based on the latest needs and scenarios;
    • To manage and supervise information gathering on gazetted public open spaces in Peninsular Malaysia and Federal Territory; and,
    • To provide professional advice to the National Land Use Information Centre (Pusat Maklumat Gunatanah Negara), other divisions in JPBD and other Ministries or government agencies.
  1. Policy Evaluation and International Research Unit
    • To evaluate physical planning policies such as the Five-Year Malaysia Plans as input into the preparation of development plans;
    • To evaluate international development planning policies as reference for the best practices in town planning practice in the Malaysian context;
    • To establish networking in Town and Country Planning, locally and internationally, towards national focal points in urban planning, human settlements and municipalities research;
    • To collaborate with higher learning institutions, research centres and professional bodies locally and abroad to acquire skills and experience in Town and Country Planning;
    • To liaise with the Corporate Division for international relation matters; and,
    • To publish and document productions of the Research Division.
  1. Environment and Risk Management Unit
    • To conduct research on environmental and risk management policies related to land use planning;
    • To conduct studies on the legal aspects of environmental and risk management;
    • To prepare, monitor and review planning guidelines and manuals on environmental and risk management;
    • To carry out studies on techniques of environmental and risk management in relation to land use planning; and,
    • To establish collaboration with various departments, agencies and research institutions related to environmental and risk management.
  1. Morphology, Urban Design and Heritage Unit
    • To establish research/planning guidelines on morphology, urban design and urban heritage in line with national development policies, planning principles and best practices both local and international;
    • To establish research/planning guidelines on morphology, urban design and urban heritage within 12 months;
    • To ensure the application of scientific, creative, innovative, practical and up-to-date research on urban morphology, urban design and heritage conservation;
    • To provide input on the formulation of policies at local and national level on urban morphology, urban design and heritage conservation, particularly during the preparation of development plans; and,
    • To review planning guidelines related to urban morphology, urban design and heritage conservation in accordance with current demand and policy changes.
  1. Planning Methodology Unit
    • To identify and document planning methodology, approaches and techniques that can be applied in planning;
    • To collaborate with local and foreign higher learning and research institutes to gain and enhance expertise and experience in the application of relevant planning methodology and techniques, particularly in spatial analysis and decision-making sciences; and,
    • To provide planning expertise to other divisions within the department and other related agencies upon request.
  1. Sustainability and Safe City Unit
    • Seconded to NKRA Safe City Unit



Client’s Charter
The Research and Development Division pledges to:

  • Complete major planning research studies and reviews of planning guidelines within a period of 6-12 months;
  • Coordinate the monitoring of planning guidelines and standards implementation once a year;
  • Organize the dissemination of information and teach-in sessions on research findings, guidelines and planning standards four times per year; and,
  • Prepare the urban sustainability status (MURNInet) report once a year.

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