URA to launch map-based application

URA to launch map-based application

The Urban Redevelopment Authority has tapped Geographic Information System (GIS) technology to launch a new map-based application that will help users search for information to buy or lease a property, said Khaw Boon Wan, Minister for National Development, in his Housing Matters blog.

Currently, members of the public and professionals can search for such information, including general planning decisions, via URA's online database. Last year, there were more than 20,000 searches. However, retrieving information via the database is manual and cumbersome, he wrote.

With the new app, users need only click on a building or type in an address. The site will show URA records about relevant decisions on any new building erection, addition and alteration of structures, change of use, and land or building sub-division.

The app will be made free to those who register online. In the past, a $30 processing fee applied for downloading the detailed records of decision notices for development applications.

GIS technology is already used to provide information on the property market and conserved buildings. The URA intends to do the same for enquiries on development charge rates soon, wrote Mr Khaw.

Source: Business Times – 20 February 2014