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Kinmen County Government Offers Bulk Reward for Urban Renewal

Kinmen County Government Offers Bulk Reward for Urban Renewal
2016/02/25
Reporter: Li Tseng-Wang / Kinmen County Government

During the Policy Research Task Force meeting yesterday, Magistrate Chen Fu-Hai listened to the opinions and recommendations of directors of departments and bureaus. The implementation method of the “Urban Renewal Project for Xinshi Specialties Center in Jinhu Township, Kinmen County” emphasizes combining public and private land for urban renewal, and will serve as an example for future projects. The five adjacent pieces of private land all intend to participate in urban renewal. Hence, the “county-owned land (A) + private owned land that agreed to participate in urban renewal (B)” were planned into one renewal unit. The subsequent business plan (and right transfer plan), architectural planning and design, and application for building permit will be individually carried out for each reconstruction segment, which is more appropriate.
The Policy Research Task Force proposed discussing the implementation method for the “Urban Renewal Project for Xinshi Specialties Center in Jinhu Township, Kinmen County.” Deputy Magistrate Lin Te-Kung, Senior Executive Officer Weng Tzu-Pao, Director General Li Tseng-Tsai of the Tourism Department, Director General Wang Han-Wen of the Tax Bureau and Finance Department, Section Chief Lin Yu-You, Hsu Hung-Chun, Deputy Director General Wang Yuen-Kun of the Economic Affairs Department, and Section Chief Chen Ming-Ling attended the meeting and gave their opinion or recommendation to the magistrate.
The following conclusions were made in the meeting:
1. This project combines public and private land for urban renewal, and will serve as an example for future projects. The five adjacent pieces of private land all intend to participate in urban renewal. Hence, the “county-owned land (A) + private owned land that agreed to participate in urban renewal (B)” were planned into one renewal unit. The subsequent business plan (and right transfer plan), architectural planning and design, and application for building permit will be individually carried out for each reconstruction segment, which is more appropriate.
2. Different reconstruction segments are planned for the same renewal unit, and a consensus must be reached to adopt the same approach with respect to the items, location, and design concepts of public facilities, so that the renewed buildings will be consistent.
3. To more effectively implement urban renewal procedures, the Economic Affairs Department and Finance Department were asked to prepare a notice on the benefits of this project, and to calculate the bulk reward to persuade private land owners to participate in urban renewal.
4. Written consent must be obtained from private land owners willing to participate in urban renewal as a precaution.
The Investment and Development Section of the Finance Department pointed out the background of this project is as follows: Kinmen County Government aims to actively improve the living environment, drive commercial development, and improve the living quality of residents, while providing more public facilities for residents to use, and encourages the reconstruction of old areas through a variety of channels. Hence, the county government utilized its capabilities to implement urban renewal, gaining participation from surrounding private land, and redeveloping areas through public and private participation. The county government hopes to jointly improve the living environment of old and blighted areas, and to sequentially achieve the vision for Kinmen.
The Finance Department pointed out that the project is located at Xinshi Specialties Center in Jinhu Township in the eastern half of Kinmen. The area is densely populated and surrounded by government offices and schools. Using urban renewal to transform the environment will have a positive and demonstrative effect on the region’s overall development, and will serve as an example for improving urban areas of Kinmen County.
The Finance Department pointed out that the scope of urban renewal contains 11 pieces of land in the Xinshi Segment of Jinhu Township with a total area of roughly 1,092.15 m2. The owners of private land in this project were asked of their intentions, in which eight owners agreed to participate, two owners disagreed, and one owner did not respond.
The Economic Affairs Department indicated that there are five locations planned for urban renewal in Kinmen County. Projects that are proposed in accordance with the Regulations of Bulk Reward for Urban Renewal and approved by the Urban Renewal Committee will be eligible to a maximum bulk reward of 50%. In the case of Xinshi Specialties Center in Jinhu Township, the current building coverage ratio is 60% and floor area ratio is 360%, allowing for roughly 6 floors to be built. If the bulk reward is 50%, then floor area ratio can be increased to 540% and a maximum of 9 floors can be built. Therefore, participants in urban renewal will not only receive bulk reward, but also gain a reconstructed house where they can live with greater safety.
The county government on January 28th, 2016 announced an adjustment to land use categories in detailed plans for Jincheng, Jinhu, and Jinsha, so as to encourage the reconstruction of old and blighted urban areas. The construction project of sites in commercial and housing areas that are submitted to and approved by Kinmen County Urban Renewal Committee will receive a maximum bulk reward of 20% based on the scale of the project.

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  • Date:2016-12-07