Urban Planner

Town planners to impose controls on Po Toi Island developments

Niches have been developed at Po Toi Island. Photo: David Wong

The Town Planning Board upheld its decision to impose controls on any development on Po Toi Island yesterday, but now faces a legal challenge from developers who are building a memorial garden there.

Saturday, 29 September, 2012, 3:11am

Welcome step in New Territories

So long as there is more to be gained than lost, people can be expected to exploit loopholes in the law. One of the most egregious examples has to be illegal filling of rural land and ponds in the New Territories to pave the way for development.

6 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

The romance of our city must be preserved

Cities delight when they surprise: the virtuoso street musician, the tiny store of curios, the neighbour with a fascinating past - one of the joys of living in dense environments is how often the unexpected happens. Alas, too many modern cities - in the name of efficiency and overplanning - fail this test.

9 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Public Eye

Let obscene pay and perks exit with Yam

4 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Minister must take back control of city from major developers

The Secretary for Development Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor has now acknowledged for the first time that the government has the final decision on issuing any land exchange in the Mega Tower project, but then hints at a possible 'risk' if the developer's demand for the land is refused ('Rejecting Mega plan risky: minister', July 19).

26 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Minister floats new committee to oversee open space

Group would vet design of public areas

The Development Bureau has proposed the formation of a committee under the Town Planning Board to supervise the design of public open space and will further study the option in its efforts to improve the quality of privately managed open areas.

8 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Public areas a burden for residents: planners

Putting public space in the hands of private residential developers has increased the burden on residents and intensified conflicts, planners and Town Planning Board members said yesterday.

29 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Residents fight to save valley

Battles against development are common in Sai Kung - Hong Kong's backyard - and residents are increasingly scrutinising projects.

The latest dispute centres on a proposed residential development at Hang Hau Wing Lung Road in Clear Water Bay that residents fear would spoil a small conservation zone.

12 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Seoul offers inspiration for city, argue planners

The newly established development bureau was not structurally favourable to sustainable development, said planners who urged the bureau to learn from Seoul's experience and develop Hong Kong in a creative way.

27 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Planning board meetings 'should be open to public'

Transparency trend is irreversible, says veteran member

A veteran member of the Town Planning Board has called for meetings to be open to the public.

Anthony Cooray, who teaches constitution and planning law at City University, said: 'The trend towards greater public participation and transparency is irreversible.

24 Nov 2003 - 12:00am

Slump hits town planners

Town planners were suffering because the slowdown in construction projects meant there was less work for them, the Hong Kong Institute of Planners said. Vice-chairman Stanley Yip Cho-tat said a recent survey by the institute revealed widespread concerns about job security. The institute interviewed 139 members in November who worked in both the public and private sectors.

31 Dec 2001 - 12:00am

Urban planning challenge

To affirm his supremacy, an emperor during the Tang dynasty designed his city Changan (Xian), in northwest China, so that his palace was positioned in the centre of town, high above everyone.

Today's cities may not be built to reflect the power of one person, but design plays a crucial role in construction. Urban planners make certain of this.

30 Nov 2001 - 12:00am

Urban planners have diverse opportunities

Urban planners should diversify their skills to adapt to working in other sectors, according to a local professional.

4 Feb 1999 - 12:00am

Computerisation of land-approval process planned

THE government is set to launch a second study into how its land-approval process can be speeded up in a bid to stave off further criticism from developers that the procedures are slow, bureaucratic and inherently anti-development.

8 Jun 1997 - 12:00am

'More power for planners'

The Town Planning Board should be allowed to veto the Government's reclamation proposals, legislators said.

Legco's Bills Committee was told the administration had agreed to allow the planners to make recommendations on reclamation plans.

14 May 1997 - 12:00am