Date: Mar 01, 2016
By: Peggy Yu / Staff reporter
Development of the Shezidao (社子島) peninsula in Taipei’s Shilin District (士
林) is still up in the air, despite residents voting to support Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je’s (柯文哲) plan to turn the area into an “Ecological Shezidao,” because there remains a difference of opinion over the details of the redevelopment plan.
Results of the poll, which began on Saturday and ended on Sunday, showed that only about 35 percent of eligible voters cast their votes. Among the votes cast, 59.56 percent supported the “Ecological Shezidao” plan. None of the plans gained more than 900 votes.
The city has not allowed any major construction on Shezidao since 1970 in the name of flood prevention. Ko has pushed for redevelopment of the reclaimed peninsula since he took office in 2014, and he proposed four solutions for Shezidao residents to choose from in an online poll called “i-Voting.”
The “Ecological Shezidao” plan, which was favored by the mayor, would include an eco-reserve covering 240 hectares and the construction of a light-rail system and a park. [FULL STORY]