89. Last year, for the first time, the Urban Renewal Authority
(URA) introduced a holistic and district-based approach for
implementing its redevelopment projects in To Kwa Wan, so as to
raise the quality of the environment and improve the road
networks by enhancing the overall planning for the community.
While undertaking redevelopment, we must also explore
effective ways of addressing the problem of ageing building
stock. The URA plans to conduct a district planning study for
Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kok on a pilot basis. The study aims to
explore how to enhance the efficiency of existing land use and
redevelopment potential of these districts. At the same time, the
URA will also conduct a study on building rehabilitation
strategies to formulate appropriate and sustainable measures to
prolong the life span of the buildings and explore the feasibility
of “retrofitting” as a proposal for building rehabilitation.