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“Urban Planning Committee” Magistrate: Achieve urban planning that all citizens can see

“Urban Planning Committee” Magistrate: Achieve urban planning that all citizens can see
2016/06/01
Reporter: Yang Shui-Yung / Kinmen County Government

The 76th meeting of Kinmen County Urban Planning Committee was held yesterday and hosted by Magistrate Chen Fu-Hai; the committee members that were in attendance resolved on three proposals during the meeting. Magistrate Chen said that we local governments must find a solution as long as there is no specific law from the central government prohibiting us from doing so, and achieve “urban planning that all citizens can see!”
The proposals discussed and resolved on by the Urban Planning Committee yesterday were:
Proposal 1: Review draft changes to detailed plans of specific areas (Guidelines on land use categories for Renai New Village, Huoyeh District) in Kinmen
Proposal 2: Draft changes to detailed plans of specific areas (Jinsha area) in Kinmen (Guidelines on land use categories)
Proposal 3: Changes to specific areas in Kinmen (phase two expropriation in Jinhu Township), and changes to detailed plans of specific areas (Jinhu area) in Kinmen.
Magistrate Chen thanked the committee members for taking the time out of their busy schedules to attend the Urban Planning Committee meeting, and jointly plan Kinmen’s overall urban development. He said that the central government has not been able to immediately respond to the issues of Kinmen’s urban planning. Hence, the Economic Affairs Department and Urban Planning Committee will find our own solution for long-term issues of Kinmen’s urban planning, as long as they are not prohibited by laws of the central government.
Next, Magistrate Chen said that urban planning is what maintains Kinmen’s development, especially since the slow remedy of cross-Strait developments has not been able meet Kinmen’s urgent needs. The Economic Affairs Department recently made a breakthrough and it is a good start. The professional opinions of urban planning committee members can serve as a basis for Kinmen’s urban development.
Magistrate Chen pointed out that the government will see things from the people’s perspective, and will boldly try anything as long as it is the right thing to do. Of course, the most important thing is still administration according to law, and administrative departments applying laws that benefit citizens.
Furthermore, Magistrate Chen said that administrative departments must step up the pace for projects approved by the Urban Planning Committee, using the metaphor that “the stairs cannot be absent when the person is ready to come downstairs,” asking administrative departments to work together. He also pointed out that the tilted roof was already corrected, but they should show empathy to make procedures perceivably simpler and more convenient for citizens.
Blind spots in the phase two land expropriation in Jinhu Township have been corrected. Besides showing his approval, Magistrate Chen also hoped to carry out phase two land expropriation in Jinhu Township as soon as possible to meet citizens’ expectations, and phase three must also being with emphasis on empathy and professional discussions, not “empty talk,” but rather achieve “urban planning that all citizens can see!”
In order to have feasible backup plans for Kinmen’s urban development to be successfully implemented, Magistrate Chen indicated that he is willing to visit the Ministry of the Interior to provide explanations, and also “fight a battle” for Kinmen to resolve issues with urban planning, in hopes of gaining results in changes to urban planning.
When facing urban development and local development, Magistrate Chen believes that they must think broader and higher, especially to achieve local development with the conditions different from what it was like in the past. Hence, opinions provided by Urban Planning Committee members are important directions for Kinmen’s urban development. Finally, Magistrate Chen stressed that the government is transparent and will correct any shortcomings as soon as possible, using committees or policies under the principles of transparency and openness, so that citizens will have better land development and development opportunities.

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  • Date:2016-12-08