Integrated Planning Review for Harbour District
(March 26, 2004, Friday) HONG KONG ---- Designing Hong Kong Harbour
District (DHKHD) today announced poll results from two stakeholder
roundtable events which show strong support for an integrated planning
review for the harbour district as a whole.
“There is a very clear and strong voice from key stakeholders calling
for a review of the existing planning process for the harbour, which should
be designed and planned as an integrated district, and not on a project-based
approach,” said Paul Zimmerman, chief co-ordinator and founder of
“The government should listen to this voice with an open mind. We
deeply regret that the present dispute over CRIII has to be taken to the
Court of Final Appeal in order to hold further government works. We believe
that only through an integrated review embracing the entire harbour district,
as well as transport works, can the community have the opportunity to
consider whether there is any ‘overriding public need’ for
further reclamation,” remarked Mr. Zimmerman.
“The terms of reference for the Harbourfront Advancement Advisory
Committee should so reflect a holistic and integrated approach in planning
a world-class harbour district for Hong Kong,” he added.
Short polls were conducted during two stakeholder luncheon events early
March. Both poll results show overwhelming support (100% and 95%) for
an integrated planning for the harbour district. 70% of respondents in
the second poll agreed that the government should not proceed with CRIII
without presenting it to Town Planning Board for review.
In attendance at the luncheons were key stakeholders, opinion leaders
and decision makers from the government, business and civic sectors, among
them: senior government officials, senior management from leading businesses,
LegCo members, professionals, academics, chief editors and representatives
from environment and conservation groups.
A full report of the poll results is available upon request.
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“Designing Hong Kong Harbour District”
Using the name, “Hong Kong Harbour District”, to embrace Victoria
Harbour, the harbour front and surrounding districts on Hong Kong Island
and Kowloon, the Initiative calls for an integrated plan and public consultation
process for the entire Hong Kong Harbour District. The objective is to
identify consensus on actionable principles for sustainable planning.
The initiative is an open invitation for individuals and parties from
the government, business, professional, academic and community groups
to partake in the consensus-building process.
Business Environment Council
The Experience Group
Planning Department, Hong Kong SAR
Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce
Creative Initiatives Foundation
Conference & Seminars 3 - 7 May, 2004
Sponsors: Gammon Skanska Limited, Island Shangri-La Hotel Hong Kong, The
Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited, The Kowloon Motor Bus
Company (1933) Limited, The Swire Group, The Wharf (Holdings) Limited.
Organizer: Business Environment Council
growing list of supporters
American Chamber of Commerce, Australian Chamber of Commerce, AGC Design,
Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, Civic Exchange, Clear the Air,
Fairmont Shipping, Friends of the Harbour, Fringe Club, Green Lantau Association,
Hongkong Land, Jones Lang LaSalle, Living Islands Movement, MF Jebsen
International, Quamnet, Save Kai Tak Campaign, Save our Shorelines, Society
for Protection of the Harbour, Sunday Communications, Albert Cheng, Erwin