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  1. URA set to take planners to court

    Posted Sep 01st 2009, 12:00am by Olga Wong

    ... Olga Wong The Urban Renewal Authority is preparing to throw down the gauntlet to the Town Planning Board over a controversial Central project- a move that could present the rare spectacle ... intention to preserve the old tenement buildings. It has asked the Planning Department to study the feasibility of excluding the properties from the redevelopment site. According to a person briefed ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Renewal policy 'needs new mindset'

    Posted Jun 13th 2009, 12:00am by Olga Wong

    ... Olga Wong Town Planning Board members urged the government yesterday to 'change its mindset' on urban renewal and stop treating such projects as a business. The board said the requirement for the Urban Renewal Authority to fund itself inhibited efforts to preserve heritage and the character of the neighbourhoods it redeveloped. Board vice-chairman Greg Wong Chak-yan cited ...

  4. Independent inquiry needed to look into lack of open space policy

    Posted Apr 19th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Your editorial ('Time for government to address public spaces', April 5) which draws attention to the confusion on this important planning aspect in our overcrowded city ... and 'private', and between 'statutory' (as per outline zoning plans) and 'administrative' (as per the planning standards and guidelines). This leaves the door wide open ...

  5. The life of a planner revolves around change

    Posted Jul 13th 2007, 12:00am by Anneliese O'Young

    ... models that real estate developers use to create fantasies for potential buyers. In most urban sprawls, planning is a bit more complicated. And in Hong Kong, it has its own unique flavour. ... of planning and design at the Urban Renewal Authority (URA) sees the role of an urban planner as part of a whole. 'In such a diverse society, the professional view isn't the only view. ...

  6. Developer 'threatened' by SoHo plan

    Posted Apr 12th 2005, 12:00am by Jonathan Li

    ... Jonathan Li Henderson Land tells court it stands to lose years of work if Housing Authority redevelopment scheme goes ahead The Urban Renewal Authority wielded a dagger over the head of a property developer in a dispute over the authority's redevelopment plan for the SoHo area, a court heard yesterday. Benjamin Yu SC said Henderson Land had been told to sacrifice its interest ...

  7. Residential projects ignore rules, study finds

    Posted Feb 16th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Helen Wu Nearly one in four private residential developments do not comply with Town Planning Board conditions, a university study has revealed. Flat buyers in these developments might end ... to leave a space for the landing of a pedestrian link in Bellagio. He said another property owner had already built a footbridge there. An Urban Renewal Authority spokesman said the Planning ...

  8. Date set for urban renewal review

    Posted Jun 19th 2008, 12:00am by Celine Sun

    ... disruption to communities and cost to business caused by urban renewal projects. The Urban Renewal Authority, which was set up in 2001, has found itself in hot water over some redevelopment plans ... process, while a review website will be set up to disseminate information and facilitate public participation and discussion. A study will also be launched to examine urban renewal policies ...

  9. Welcome step in New Territories

    Posted Jul 06th 2011, 12:00am

    ... rule for New Territories residents and a different one for the rest of us. It is good to see that the Town Planning Board- the development and rezoning authority- has finally put a brake ... a number of cases over the years in which the board approved erection of village houses on former farmland that had been subjected to illegal dumping. The Planning Department also plans to step up ...

  10. 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 ...




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