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  1. Urban planner doubts traffic woes will be eased for Games

    Posted Feb 23rd 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... the city will remain congested long after the torch has gone out. Liang Wei, head of the Urban Planning and Design Institute of Tsinghua University, believes the problems might be more complicated. 'Traffic will remain a big headache, and urban planning will not work effectively unless government functions are moved outside the city to suburbs and satellite towns,' Mr Liang said. Wang ...

  2. Urban decentralisation and public transport cures for the headaches

    Posted Jun 05th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Kevin Huang Zheng Jing, Urban planner Urban decentralisation and improvements to the public transport system are the major ways to ease traffic problems in China's big cities, according to urban planning expert Zheng Jing. Dr Zheng is vice-chief planner at the Guangzhou Urban Planning & Survey Research Institute and director of the institute's region and traffic ...

  3. Grey areas the battleground in NT fight

    Posted Nov 29th 2010, 12:00am by Olga Wong

    ... developers, government officials and the public in a mounting conflict between development and conservation. For example, there are three ways a developer or villager can carry out a building plan ... begins by asking if the site is privately owned, if it is subject to any land use zoning control and whether the development plan is in line with that. If the development is at odds ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Urban planners must do more to give us some breathing space

    Posted Apr 19th 2013, 12:00am by CARINE LAI

    ... proposals by the Environment Bureau to control vehicles' exhaust fumes have received much attention, it is also worth highlighting the role urban planning can play in reducing roadside air ... to improve our air quality mentions three urban planning policies: urban greening, pedestrian schemes and cycling networks. Yet, on closer examination, these policies are missing some key elements ...

  5. Urban growth must be balanced, study warns

    Posted Sep 17th 2004, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... in the mainland's 660 cities. To deal with the exploding urban population, Professor Lian said city planners should change from the decade-old single-city-centre approach in urban planning ... such as traffic congestion and inefficient use of water resources. He said poor urban planning and misallocation of public resources created most of these problems. ...

  6. Henderson may be out of time on wetlands

    Posted Dec 10th 2010, 12:00am by Joyce Ng

    ... Joyce Ng and Cheung Chi-fai Henderson Land's controversial and drawn-out plan to turn the wetlands of Nam Sang Wai into a luxury housing development looks doomed, at least in its present form. The government said yesterday it did not see why it should give the developer any more time to revise its plan for the Yuen Long site, which was first put forward 14 years ago. ...

  7. National pilot project revives rural areas

    Posted May 17th 2011, 12:00am

    ... areas, many farmers have migrated to the cities for work, resulting in plenty of abandoned areas, but urban redevelopment is often held back by a shortage of land. According to government officials, residents in rural areas have an average living area of 250 square metres, compared with 80 square metres for their urban counterparts. Therefore, if 10 million people move to the cities, ...

  8. Right balance needed in protecting countryside

    Posted Nov 12th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... conservation and development. The Town Planning Board is to consider appealing after the High Court overruled its decision to include land zoned agricultural surrounding University of Science ... report today, some board members and planners want to appeal against the ruling. Planning Department sources say the sites were woodlands before they were zoned as protected areas in 2002 ...

  9. News - Hong Kong - LAND

    Unease at planned reclamation projects in Hong Kong

    Posted Apr 29th 2013, 12:00am by Olga Wong

    ... backed up with detailed planning, landscaping proposals and financial studies. When former governor David Wilson announced his Metroplan for urban areas in 1987, reclaimed land was described ... Olga Wong olga.wong@scmp.com Urban planning experts are critical of government plans that fail to offer a sound vision and details on how such work will improve people's lives Unease ...

  10. Environment law that can't ease 'urban canyons'

    Posted Jul 19th 2011, 12:00am

    ... be positioned, distanced or shaped, even though Hong Kong suffers from a unique 'urban canyon effect'. That issue rests in the hands of the city's planners and the appointed members of the Town Planning Board. And the law stops at the border- at a time when major infrastructure projects involve cross-border co-operation. 'All we do is to scrutinise if the environmental ...




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