In Response to Global Climate Change, Taipei City Announced the “Government-Led Urban Regeneration Implementation Guideline” to Build a Disaster Resilient City
The 6.4-magnitude earthquake hit the south of Taiwan on Saturday, February 6, and it has again challenged the disaster prevention function of cities in Taiwan. It is estimated by National Center for Research on Earthquake Engineering that if an over 6.2-magnitude earthquake hit Taipei City; the number of affected buildings can reach up to 1,850. In the past, urban renewal projects are mainly developed by the private sector and the magnitude are usually small; therefore, it is difficult to structure a disaster prevention city in a large scale perspective. In order to enhance the disaster prevention function, Taipei City announced the “Government-Led Urban Regeneration Implementation Guideline” on 1/29 and will continue to collect public feedback until 3/1. The Taipei City Government projects to implement the guideline by the end of March.
In the wake of this earthquake incident, Taipei City Government planned to construct a regional disaster prevention system. This system includes creating a national disaster prevention hospital and a disaster prevention center, while establishing an emergency shelter to strengthen the resiliency of Taipei City. In addition, the City will focus on 42 targeted high chloride ion concentration buildings to promote “Disaster Prevention Type Urban Regeneration.” The City will also establish a system that can help speed up the private urban renewal process.
The draft of Government-Led Urban Regeneration Implementation Guideline emphasizes urban disaster prevention, transportation node improvement, industrial development, vulnerable area caring. One of the Articles in the draft identified that if any emergencies or disasters occur, any building that is identified as public endangerment will be demolished immediately. In addition, these buildings will be enlisted into government-led urban renewal projects.
Furthermore, many private urban renewal projects in the past are often impede by controversial process, the City will established a Standard Operating Procedure within the Government-Led Urban Regeneration Implementation Guideline. In the future, the City can accept private urban renewal projects transform to government-led urban regeneration project, if the project is in accordance with the guidelines of public benefit, public safety, and public endangerment. Once the project is transformed, stakeholders can ask the City to help with the process of negotiation and building demolition. Taipei City Government is desperate to quicken the urban renewal process for the old buildings.
The City has been collecting public ideas for Government-Led Urban Regeneration Guideline since 1/29, and the City is expected that this Guideline can be supported by the citizens. For more information, please visit our website at http://uro.gov.taipei or contact us: 02-2321-5696 #3002. If you would like to offer some written comments, please mail to the following address: 9F., No.8, Sec. 1, Roosevelt Rd., Zhongzheng Dist., Taipei City 100, Taiwan