Hong Kong Harbour District
(July 5, 2004, Monday) HONG KONG --- "Designing Hong Kong Harbour District" (DHKHD) today announces in a Public and Media Briefing the key findings from a research conducted since February this year on the integrated planning of Victoria Harbour and its surrounding districts. The final report, titled "Building Consensus on Sustainable Planning Principles for the Harbour District" contains the key principles for a sustainable planning process, which can guide capacity building for 9.2 million residents and 70 million tourists by 2030, while protecting the harbour as a core asset. The report will be presented to the HKSAR Government and key stakeholders.
Key findings of the research include integrated planning of land use of the harbour foreshore to enhance its accessibility, activity and vibrancy; the choices to be made between property development, surface/elevated transport infrastructure and open space without reclamation; and strong recommendation of a high-level statutory body to be responsible for the foreshore development such as a "Harbour Foreshore Authority".
"The report gives a consensus view of principles, which require further work by the government and stakeholders to convert into practical solutions. We hope that our research findings will help focus resources on addressing these issues, improve the planning process and drive constructive dialogue to make our harbour truly world-class and up to the aspirations of citizens," said Paul Zimmerman, Chief Coordinator of DHKHD.
The report will be
presented by Dr. Andrew Thomson, CEO of Business Environment Council and
co-organiser of the DHKHD project, to the Harbourfront Enhancement Committee
this week. The report will also be officially submitted to the relevant
government bureaux and departments as well.
"Designing Hong Kong Harbour District"
Conference - 3 May, 2004
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