Despite opposition from local residents, the Ministry of the Interior’s (MOI) Land Expropriation Review Committee yesterday gave the green light to a plan to take over land in Gueishan Township (龜山) in Leshan Village (樂善), Taoyuan County, for a development project.
“The expropriation project has been passed by the committee in the meeting, but it has to be approved by the ministry. After the ministry approves it, we will then send an official document to the local government so they can inform residents about the plan,” said Wang Ching-hsiu (王靚琇), deputy director of the Department of Land Administration.
Wang said the expropriation notice would be posted publicly for a month and during this period the affected landowners could choose whether they would like to be compensated financially or with land.
“The amount of cash compensation that affected landowners can get is calculated based on the published land value plus a certain percentage. The percentage would be calculated by the local government’s Land Value Assessment Committee,” she said.
“How much land landowners could be compensated depends on a calculation made by the entity that requested the land — in this case, the Ministry of the Interior,” she said.
The plan, named the “A7 station of the Taoyuan International Airport MRT development project,” hopes to build affordable housing units and an industrial zone.
The site is located near the planned Taoyuan International Airport MRT line, which will connect Taipei and Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport by passing through Linkou District (林口), New Taipei City (新北市) and the borders of Taoyuan County and New Taipei City.
After taking into consideration the costs, local land values and public facilities, the ministry decided that the affected landowners could get plots 40 percent of the size of their expropriated property in return.
Unhappy with the compensation, more than 100 Leshan Village residents whose properties would be affected rallied outside the ministry’s headquarters as the committee met inside. They called for more compensation, either in cash or in land, and for priority in getting units in the affordable housing complex.
Department of Land Administration Director Hsiao Fu-tao (蕭輔導) said the cash compensation was decided by the Taoyuan County Land Value Assessment Committee, adding it was up to the Construction and Planning Agency to decide whether the Leshan villagers could receive priority for the affordable housing units.
“The government cannot just take away our land and houses without respecting our will — it’s a government of bandits,” said Lee Wan-chuan (李萬全), spokesman for the MRT A7 Station Development Project Self-Help Group.
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