16 Apr '18, 4am

Is Singapore's model the answer to Hong Kong's urban planning problems?

Urban planners say the dispute over the reliability of the city’s projection of land demand has exposed a deep-rooted problem in the system and that Hong Kong should learn from Singapore. “How can a city rely on a department head to request his seniors to reserve a certain amount of land for various purposes? Unlike the chief secretary, the Planning Department has little power,” Professor Ng Mee-kam, director of the urban studies programme at Chinese University said. “We need high-level leadership to steer a territory-wide strategy.” Land needs for Hong Kong ‘severely underestimated’ at 1,200 hectares Under the city’s existing planning mechanism, the assessment of land requirements involves two major processes. While the Planning Department projects demand for various land uses based on population, the department also relies on the advice of individual bureaus on the respe...

Full article: http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/economy/article/214180...

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