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  1. The great Wing Lee Street contradiction

    Posted Mar 20th 2010, 12:00am by Albert Chen, Albert Cheng

    ... Albert Cheng The Urban Renewal Authority made a sudden U-turn this week, deciding to spare Wing Lee Street from the wrecking ball. Then, within a day, the Legislative Council passed a bill ... of a building in order to force its compulsory sale, once the new law takes effect on April 1. Both cases involve the acquisition of run-down tenements for urban renewal. But there seems to be a lack ...

  2. New rules can apply to existing public space, minister says

    Posted Jan 27th 2010, 12:00am by Olga Wong

    ... Olga Wong The management guidelines proposed to govern use of public open space on future private developments could be applied to some existing cases, the development chief said yesterday as the guidelines were questioned by lawmakers. Released for consu ...

  3. Lots drawn for building repair applications

    Posted Jun 20th 2009, 12:00am by Peter So

    ... Peter So Lots were drawn yesterday to determine the order in which more than 1,100 applications will be processed for the government initiative to repair dilapidated residential buildings more than 30 years old. The results can be found on the websites of the Housing Society and Urban Renewal Authority. The secretary for development said the bureau would seek another HK$1 ...

  4. Government should develop comprehensive plan for Central

    Posted Apr 27th 2011, 12:00am

    ... of an 'oasis' pops up routinely in its plans. This leads to photoshopped images of people enjoying public spaces they would most likely avoid. The urban oasis is a design clich?. William Whyte, ... Hats off to Oren Tatcher for offering the boldest and smartest proposal for the redevelopment of Central Market: replace it with needed office space- while halting plans to tear up ...

  5. Hopewell hotel approval saga warrants independent inquiry

    Posted Oct 10th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... with the developer. In addition, it is now apparent that the 1994 scheme had a statutory deadline and although an attempt to perpetuate the scheme was made by the secretary of the Town Planning Board, ... and the public being asked to 'respect'? The history of this project suggests that an independent inquiry is necessary to identify- and close- loopholes in the planning system that allowed ...

  6. Delay sale of old depot: harbour lobby

    Posted May 25th 2005, 12:00am by Norma Connolly

    ... the Town Planning Board's Vision for the Harbour, the Urban Design Guidelines, the establishment of the Harbour-front Enhancement Committee (HEC), and the Harbour Planning Principles. ... Norma Connolly A harbour protection group is calling on the government to scrap plans to auction the old Government Supplies Depot site in North Point until the site plans can be brought ...

  7. More development restrictions on the cards

    Posted Aug 16th 2006, 12:00am by Yvonne Liu

    ... Yvonne Liu Planning Department will impose building limits on six districts in the next six months to help avoid the high-density living environment The Planning Department will speed up the process of imposing development controls across the city with plans to add development and buildings restrictions on six districts within the next six months. The department earlier this year ...

  8. Bulky buildings feared as result of height limits

    Posted May 22nd 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... process. But Heidi Chan Yuet-mei, a district planning officer with the Planning Department, said the existing plot ratios, reviewed in a study in 2003, were acceptable. She said the lack ... Helen Wu The plan to reintroduce height restrictions in Tsim Sha Tsui may prevent the development of very tall buildings while increasing the number of bulky ones, harbour activists have ...

  9. People deserve a say on the shape of their city

    Posted Oct 28th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Town planning in Hong Kong is guided by an ordinance established more than six decades ago and altered very little since. The flaws in this law, and in the planning process in general, are well known among the city's architects and planners. These include lack of public access to most of the Town Planning Board's meetings and a structure that almost ensures ...

  10. Official feels the heat as Legco debate rages over waterfront

    Posted Jun 29th 2007, 12:00am by Chloe Lai

    ... with conscience... If we just followed our boss's orders, we would let down the public.' The planning, lands and works panel met to discuss the government's design study on how to improve Central's new waterfront. Last month the Planning Department announced a study to improve the design, which the board ordered nearly two years ago. It faced criticism that launching the study ...




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