‘RICH RESIDENTS’: The Taipei mayor said those affected by fees for illegally built homes in Dawan mostly owned multiple homes and did not live in the ones affected
Date: Jul 13, 2019
By: Lee I-chia / Staff reporter
The Taipei City Government’s decision to legalize 1,678 residential units that were built illegally on land designated for commercial and recreational use was “undoubtedly unfair,” but something had to be done to settle the problem, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) said yesterday.
An area of about 105 hectares in Zhongshan District (中山) near Miramar Entertainment Park (美麗華百樂園), commonly known as Dawan north section (大彎北段), in 1992 was designated as a commercial and recreational zone by the Taipei City Government.
Despite the city in 2003 stating that the area was not for residential use, many apartments were built in the area.
The city in 2017 said it had identified 1,678 illegal residential units in the area and that fines would be issued for breaches of the Urban Planning Act (都市計畫法). [FULL STORY]