破壞社區網絡及區內文化,往往是本港市區重建政策為人詬病之處,城規會多名委員認為由業主主導及參與重建,令社區能「有機重建」,便可減低「拆散社區」的步伐,「這是對居民帶來最少痛苦的(市區更新)方法」。
社區網絡打斷影響長者
城市規劃委員會昨就市區重建策略檢討提供意見,多名委員關注過往市區重建項目罔顧對社區的影響,曾參與土地發展公司的社區工作隊的城規會委員馬錦華指出,過往重建工作打斷社區網絡,對長者的影響最大。
倡放寬政策「有機重建」
另一委員杜本文亦指,過往依靠市場進行市區重建,不知不覺間吞噬社區原有風貌與集體回憶,故建議由小業主參與重建,
「當然要研究由誰做『莊 家』」。
城規會副主席黃澤恩亦認為,由業主自發重建可減慢「拆散市區」的步伐, 「舊區更新,最大摩擦就是囍帖街,最小的就在蘭桂坊,因為他們是自發去做,不同觀塘重建般,一夜間斷晒社區網絡」。他認為政府可透過放寬政策,如免收「豁免執行地契」的費用,促進「有機更新」。
要減低對社區影響,不少委員認為關鍵在於改變市建局的營運模式, 「舊區重建不是一盤生意,而是改善舊區老化,未必要建3 幢80 層高的商廈,而是避免四、五十伙人同住一幢樓宇。」黃澤恩說。
城規會委員陳家華認為,在現時市建局自給自足的財政安排下,很難在重建同時保留社區特色及網絡,他指納稅人需為保留區內文化而付出代價。

文源來源︰13-6-2009 明報

破壞社區網絡及區內文化,往往是本港市區重建政策為人詬病之處,城規會多名委員認為由業主主導及參與重建,令社區能「有機重建」,便可減低「拆散社區」的步伐,「這是對居民帶來最少痛苦的(市區更新)方法」。

社區網絡打斷影響長者

城市規劃委員會昨就市區重建策略檢討提供意見,多名委員關注過往市區重建項目罔顧對社區的影響,曾參與土地發展公司的社區工作隊的城規會委員馬錦華指出,過往重建工作打斷社區網絡,對長者的影響最大。

倡放寬政策「有機重建」

另一委員杜本文亦指,過往依靠市場進行市區重建,不知不覺間吞噬社區原有風貌與集體回憶,故建議由小業主參與重建 ,「當然要研究由誰做『莊 家』」。

城規會副主席黃澤恩亦認為,由業主自發重建可減慢「拆散市區」的步伐, 「舊區更新,最大摩擦就是囍帖街,最小的就在蘭桂坊,因為他們是自發去做,不同觀塘重建般,一夜間斷晒社區網絡」。他認為政府可透過放寬政策,如免收「豁免執行地契」的費用,促進「有機更新」。

要減低對社區影響,不少委員認為關鍵在於改變市建局的營運模式, 「舊區重建不是一盤生意,而是改善舊區老化,未必要建3 幢80 層高的商廈,而是避免四、五十伙人同住一幢樓宇。」黃澤恩說。

城規會委員陳家華認為,在現時市建局自給自足的財政安排下,很難在重建同時保留社區特色及網絡,他指納稅人需為保留區內文化而付出代價。

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Topic:Renewal policy ‘needs new mindset’

Source: SCMP 13-6-2009 by Olga Wong

Town Planning Board members urged the government yesterday to change its mindset on urban renewal and stop treating such projects as a business.

The board said the requirement for the Urban Renewal Authority to fund itself inhibited efforts to preserve heritage and the character of the neighbourhoods it redeveloped.

Board vice-chairman Greg Wong Chak-yan cited New York’s community-friendly renewal policy, which led to old factories being transformed into artists’ lofts, as an example.

Artists in New York are not asked to pay land premiums for changing the land use of factories, he said. The conversion is good for the community in terms of social order, and economic and cultural development. Dr Wong said the government should relax its land premium policy for renewal projects and let redevelopment take place gradually.

The government should change its mindset. Renewal projects should not be seen as a business.

Board member Walter Chan Kar-lok said the authority’s financial model needed more public discussion. It’s impossible for the authority to be financially self-sustainable if it is to put more focus on heritage revitalisation and strengthening social networks. There is a price [for the improvements]. Is the public willing to pay for them?

Members were consulted by the Development Bureau yesterday in the second stage of a two-year review of the urban renewal strategy.

Another board member, Ng Cho-nam, said previous renewal projects had violated principles of sustainable development. He hoped the future strategy would allow a bottom-up approach that took account of public opinion.

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