Fri, Nov 30, 2012 - Page 3 News List

Cabinet OKs urban renewal law change

PROPERTY PROTECTION:The proposed amendment would raise the thresholds for both government and privately initiated development projects to minimize disputes

By Shih Hsiu-chuan and Mo Yan-chih  /  Staff reporters

Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) has been urging the Cabinet to amend the regulations and demanded that no presale housing transactions should be made before old houses are torn down to prevent future disputes.

However, both supporters and opponents of the Wenlin Yuan project said the amendment would not help resolve the stalled project, in which the construction of a new apartment complex has been delayed indefinitely since March.

Wang Yao-te (王耀德), a Wang family member, said the developers still insist on building the houses on the original site and would not make any compromises.

Hsieh Chun-chiao (謝春嬌), one of the residents who agreed to the project, said the primary goal for the households who had given their consent was to be allowed to have their new homes as soon as possible, adding that the government had failed to defend their rights.

She said the households agreed with the Wang family’s demand that the construction firm should change the project’s blueprint and rebuild the family’s demolished units on the site separately, adding that the government should help facilitate the project design change and restart the construction within the next six to eight months.

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