H15 also suggested three scenarios as follows,
1. To dissolve Urban Renewal Authority: unpack urban redevelopment and distribute related work among governmental sectors, for example, improving public housing, promoting building restoration, providing better loan for low-income community. Moreover, HK Housing Association can take charge in urban redevelopment in those areas that won't interest the developers. Planning Bureau should have stronger role in coordinating planning and housing in a more sustainable and holistic manner. There should be a sustainable development plan for every place.
2. Keeping Urban Renewal Authority in place yet repositioning the authority for implementing its strategy from bottom to top; community-based renewal rather than urban renewal
This approach can return the future of citizens/neighbors to their hands, ensuring democracy and justice of the process of redevelopment.
Main issues in this scenario:
1) How to ensure a democratic process?
2) How to free individual property owners and tenants from threat posed by developer or landlord who command most of the land in the neighborhood?
3) How to deal with cultural conservation?
4) Who should take a lead in the urban renewal process?
5) Should URA also take charge in education, assistance, co-ordinatoin and financing? How would the principles for financing be decided?
3. Revising Urban Renewal Strategy, (my reading: ensuring its implementation will be "people-oriented")
they suggest 8 articles to be revised....(to continue)