ULI's Statement Regarding CY Leung's Policy Address
January 22, 2013
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HONG KONG (January 22, 2013) — Following is a statement from Urban Land Institute Chief Executive Officer Patrick L. Phillips regarding the 2013 Policy Address recently delivered by Hong Kong Chief Executive CY Leung to the Hong Kong Legislative Council.
The urban development policies outlined in Hong Kong Chief Executive CY Leung’s recent address to the Hong Kong Legislative Council suggest an approach that could enhance the livability and sustainability of the entire urban region. These policies reflect Mr. Leung’s expertise in land use and urban growth-related issues, and his commitment to high-quality urban design and development.
At the Urban Land Institute, we believe that successful community building includes several key components, such as an adequate supply of housing for all residents; efficient, reliable transportation infrastructure that efficiently connects housing to employment centers and other land uses; development that conserves land and energy, and helps minimize carbon emissions in the process; an adequate flow of investment to support development; and leadership from both the public and private sector to encourage thoughtful design and development. The proposals described by Mr. Leung take into account these economic, social, and environmental factors that are so important to urban prosperity.
It is increasingly evident that how our cities are developed, how they accommodate all income groups, and how they use energy and natural resources will determine which cities are the most successful in our globalized economy. Clearly, Mr. Leung’s focus on making Hong Kong attractive and accessible for residents will help reinforce the city’s ability to attract investors and visitors. It reflects a trend we are seeing in urban areas worldwide, in which a high quality of life becomes a powerful engine for economic growth.
ULI’s global membership of nearly 30,000 land use professionals includes more than 1,000 of the industry’s foremost leaders in Asia. Our organization is excited to work with public and private sector leaders in Hong Kong and throughout Asia to improve urban development in an area of the world that is experiencing rapid urbanization and grappling with growth challenges. Our members in Asia represent an integral part of the Institute’s global exchange of land use information, which is providing all of us with more enlightened views on building vibrant cities for the 21st century.
About the Urban Land Institute
The Urban Land Institute (www.uli.org) is a nonprofit education and research institute supported by its members. Its mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. Established in 1936, the Institute has nearly 30,000 members representing all aspects of land use and development disciplines.
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Across Asia Pacific and Japan, the Institute has nearly 1,000 members in Japan, Greater China, Southeast Asia and Australia. ULI Asia Pacific and Japan brings together industry leaders with a common commitment to improving professional standards, seeking the best use of land, and following excellent practices.