Harbour-front Enhancement Committee Scorecard
The performance scorecard measures the success of the Harbour-front Enhancement Committee (HEC). These simple measures are based on the presentations and panel discussions during the EnviroSeries Conference Designing Hong Kong Harbour District on May 3, 2004.
Measure 1: Size of the area of the foreshore under review by the Harbour-front Enhancement Committee
Measure 2: Percentage of foreshore land used for surface and elevated transport infrastructure (footprint) (Currently estimated at 50%)
Measure 3: Number of alternative proposals for the Central Wanchai Bypass as well as planned and existing surface roads (P2 included) between IFC2 and North Point, including costs and environmental implications, for the public to consider. (Currently 1)
Measure 4: Time needed to initiate a review of the cost associated with putting the Kwun Tong Bypass and the Easter Island Corridor in submerged tunnels (like Boston), and the resultant increase in land value above and annex the new tunnels (Currently not under purview of HEC).
Measure 5: Time needed to review traffic management strategies and policies, including ERP, tunnel pricing, bus routes, bus stops, and other relevant policies mitigating traffic flow in the foreshore areas (Currently not under purview of HEC).
A Long Harbour-Front
Measure 6: The length of the harbour-front, including boardwalks, piers, connected break-waters, and other structures.
and Accessible Harbour-front
Measure 7: Percentage of the total foreshore between the East and West tunnel, on Kowloon and Hong Kong Island, which is active, vibrant and accessible (currently only Tsimshatsui's Star Ferry pier and narrow promenade, Laguna Verde and Harbour Plaza Hotel in Hong Hom, The Hong Kong Yacht Club Coffee shop in Causeway Bay and MacDonald's at the Fleet Arcade).
Measure 8: The time it takes to ensure that every government department and developer signs up to a 'Pedestrian First Strategy' (currently not in existence).
Measure 9: The time needed to initiate the first annual rating by children, elderly and handicapped residents of the accessibility of the harbour-front (currently not in existence)
Measure 10: Continuous Accessibility and Vibrancy Monitoring by adding relevant questions to the Hong Kong Tourism Board's ongoing surveying of tourist opinions as to how easy it is to find places of interest in the harbour-front and how active and vibrant the harbour-front experience is perceived to be (currently no questions included)
Measure 11: The time needed to remove the "no fishing" sign from the waterfront around the Convention and Exhibition Centre, and to allow foodstalls along the Tsimshatsui waterfront promenades.
Measure 12: The time needed to ensure that the engineering and safety standards for waterfront fencing and barriers are reviewed and revised.
Measure 13: The number of temporary venues, markets and other structures or activities allowed on public areas such as Tamar, Cargo Bay Handling area, West Kowloon, Kai Tak, and other areas around the harbour. (Currently 1 - the driving range on Kai Tak).
Measure 14: The number of people, businesses and institutions actively participating in the planning, the design, and the execution of the harbour-front development (currently undetermined)
Measure 15: The total budget for 'community participation and communication' of the Planning Department, Territory Development Department, Harbour-front Enhancement Committee, and other relevant bodies (Boston: US$420mill over 10 years)
Measure 16: The number of changes to the Town Planning Ordinance (TPO) currently under review (currently NIL)
Measure 17: The time needed to set-up a Harbour District Authority reporting into the highest level of Government.
Measure 18: The time needed for the transfer of Kai Tak to the Harbour District Authority for design, development and management.
Measure 19: The time needed for the transfer of West Kowloon and other land to the Harbour District Authority for design, development and management.
Measure 20: The dividends paid by the Harbour District Authority to the Government from profits on land sales, land and facility leasing, and operations.
Measure 21: The increase in the value of land and properties surrounding the foreshore managed by the Harbour District Authority.
Paul Zimmerman is executive director of MF Jebsen International, principal of The Experience Group, a policy and strategy consultancy, and chief co-ordinator of Designing Hong Kong Harbour District.
Andrew Thomson, Chief
Executive Officer of the Business Environment Council, organizer of the
EnviroSeries Conferences, and convener of the Harbour District Business
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