The Council for Sustainable Development will recommend ways to deal with the problem of ‘inflated’ buildings in the first half of next year, Secretary for Development Carrie Lam says, adding the Government will review parking space proportions in buildings. As Hong Kong has a comprehensive railway system which will continue to develop, the Government needs to study parking space demand in buildings.
The proposed new urbanization commission and its exciting range of reforms is set to herald urban development in the state in the coming months. There could be simultaneous amendments to the Town and Country Planning Act.
In the draft urban development policy released by the government recently, one of the most important suggestions is to get rid of the many urban development authorities and major functions to be entrusted on the local government body.
Kwadwo (Kojo) Fordjour, AICP has written a great article published at Ghana Web which looks at the state of Town Planning in Ghana. Ghana has a population of 22 million with 385 towns and cities, however there is little planning and few universities offering courses in Town Planning. Kwadwo states that the envisioned plan for Ghana for 2015 will be dream unless planning is made the focus of the vision.
Kwadwo also gives an overview of how the APA is assisting Ghana by providing USA tours and job training to members of the GIP. If you are interested in learning more about how you can help they can be contacted via [email protected]
“With rapid urbanisation going hand in hand with crumbling infrastructure in towns and cities, finance minister Pranab Mukherjee raised the allocation for the government’s flagship programme — Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission — to Rs 11,842 crore from Rs 10,447.98 crore in 2008-09.
The government has already sanctioned 386 projects worth Rs 39,000 crore under the seven-year mission which started in 2005, aiming to pursue reform, good governance and planned development in urban areas……”