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  1. URA to recruit for new projects

    Posted Jul 14th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Wilson Lau The Urban Renewal Authority (URA) expects to increase its headcount over the next five years to satisfy the growing demand for skilled professionals arising from its multiple ... department at the authority. URA's current headcount is 400. From time to time and in line with its business plans, the authority hires individuals with specialised skills and knowledge ...

  2. Sensible approach to redevelopment

    Posted Apr 24th 2012, 12:00am

    ... In Hong Kong, urban redevelopment evokes the images of haphazard, insensitive and profit-oriented business ventures. With meagre compensation, residents in run-down buildings are often ... Following a flat-for-flat compensation approach in a Ma Tau Wai project last month, the Urban Renewal Authority announced three projects under the first 'demand-led' redevelopment scheme, ...

  3. Judge cuts planners down to size

    Posted May 12th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Bernard Lim Wan-fung, president of the Institute of Urban Design who sits on the board, said the Planning Department should review the imperfect urban planning system and provide stronger ... Olga Wong and Stuart Lau The Town Planning Board drew criticism from a judge yesterday for imposing an 'arbitrary' height restriction on a Kowloon Bay estate that was headed ...

  4. URA constructing a better image

    Posted Mar 05th 2012, 12:00am

    ... The Urban Renewal Authority has had an image problem, often being likened to a bulldozer that colludes with property developers. Under a revised strategy, it is beginning to pay attention to the needs of residents and shopkeepers of areas being revitalised and it is slowly changing perceptions. The implementation of its flat-for-flat option, as an alternative to cash compensation, ...

  5. Plea to revive derelict SoHo buildings

    Posted Jul 23rd 2012, 12:00am

    ... Patsy Moy patsy.moy@scmp.com People living and working in SoHo are calling on the government to make better use of old buildings left derelict by a 14-year delay to an urban redevelopment ... want the Urban Renewal Authority to refurbish old blocks that it has already bought, instead of leaving them vacant at a time when the city is facing a severe shortage of urban land. Dare ...

  6. News - Hong Kong - PLANNING

    Town Planning Board to fight court ruling on building-height limits

    Posted Aug 22nd 2012, 12:00am by Olga Wong

    ... applied to the High Court for a stay of execution of the judgment. The case is considered to have wider implications for urban planning, as the department has been introducing controls, including ... of Urban Design vice-president Vincent Ng Wing-shun said the government needed to convince the public and site owners that its planning rules had a scientific basis. He said even professionals did ...

  7. Comment - Letters

    Bottom-up, community-based planning is needed

    Posted Oct 03rd 2012, 12:00am by STAFF

    ... This argument only reflects a poverty of knowledge about community-based planning. Community-based urban planning is planner-facilitated urban planning with stakeholders at the district level. Baseline ... Building communities from the bottom up just makes sense The current row over development proposals for the northeastern New Territories reflects a big gap in Hong Kong's planning ...

  8. Lease conversion leaves Tsang stuck

    Posted Feb 09th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Jake van der Kamp Plan for old factories faces hurdles. SCMP headline, Feb. 8 Correction: That should be hurdle, not hurdles. There is really only one hurdle, the lease conversion premium. ... quandary over to the Urban Redevelopment Authority. The URA, however, not only has less authority than he does, but moves slower than an overfed snail in a frost. Oh, well done, John. When ...

  9. Few women on powerful boards

    Posted Apr 22nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... The Town Planning Board- responsible for key decisions on development- has just six women members out of 29. Just three of the 13 members of the Airport Authority are women, while just two sit on the 18-member board of the Urban Renewal Authority. Despite the system's failings, the new chairwoman of the Women's Commission, Stella Lau Kun Lai-kuen, says the target should continue ...

  10. Business - BRICKS & MORTAR

    Shape of neighbourhoods to come

    Posted Dec 18th 2012, 12:00am by Yvonne Liu

    ... the kind of piecemeal development that characterises the city's old districts. But it results in bulky developments. The Urban Land Institute, a global organisation, released a town planning study in 2011 and said that a project larger than about 1.61 million sq ft might lead to isolated blocks. The Town Planning Board approves a developer's master layout plan for a site, ...




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