A Seed of Rebirth – From Public Lot No. 5 to Hakka Culture Conservation Zone
1. Name of Project: Plan for Reclassification of High Speed Rail Hsinchu Station Designated Zone (First Overall Review)
Total Area of Land: 16112㎡
A. Public Lot No. 5-1 and Public Lot No. 5-2: Around 0.8 hectare
B. Hakka Culture Conservation Zone: Around 0.82 hectare
2. Regulations on Use of Land for Hakka Culture Conservation Zone
A. The use of land for Hakka Culture Conservation zone and buildings therein are for Taiwan Hakka Culture Center and related facilities only. The coverage ratio is not to exceed 60% and floor area ratio not to exceed 160%. The rest of land for Public Park No. 5 remains as parkland for multiple purposes as according to original plan.
B. To preserve and redevelop the constructions in the Lin families’ Settlement on original No.5 Public Lot, the planning and design are to incorporate overall consideration for conservation of old settlement constructions including Zhongxiao Hall and Xihe Shidi Archway, etc. Future development plans are to combine the conservation and the parkland and be presented to Hsinchu County Urban Design Reviewing Committee for evaluation for application.
C. Settlements within the base area conforming to related provisions in Cultural Asset Conservation Act are to be conducted according to said provisions.
3.Administrative Procedure: Reclassification of Public Lot No. 5 to Hakka Culture Conservation Zone
A. The Council for Hakka Affairs presented the case to the Urban Planning Committee (UPC) of the Ministry of Interior (MOI) on Dec. 1 2004.
B. The Urban Planning Task Force of MOI convoked three meetings respectively on Jan. 4, May 3 and Jul. 21 in 2005 to evaluate the Plan for Reclassification of High Speed Rail Hsinchu Station Designated Zone (First Overall Review).
C. On Aug. 9 at MOI Urban Planning Committee’s 614th meeting the Plan for Reclassification of High Speed Rail Hsinchu Station Designated Zone (First Overall Review) was ratified.
D. The plan and the blueprint were placed on public display by Hsinchu County Government between Sep. 28 and Oct. 30 2005, and urban planning presentation conducted on Oct. 19.
Chances of Xinwawu becoming the Hakka Culture Study Park of Northern Taiwan
1. In 1999 the government developed the Liujia high-speed rail designated zone in Zhubei and the northern Taiwan classic Hakka farm settlement landscape disappeared overnight. After efforts from local cultural history workers and coordination from Council for Hakka Affairs and the local government, the Lin Families’ Settlement in Xinwawu was rescued and set up as the first Hakka culture conservation zone in Taiwan. The accomplishment served as a declaration on conservation of Hakka settlements in the country.
2. For the preparations from the planning for the Northern and Southern Hakka Culture Conservation Zones to setting up the culture centers, personnel from this would be stationed in Xinwawu and take control of conservation and redevelopment tasks for the conservation zone. The effort created a profound demonstrative effect on the work of Hakka settlement conservation and living environment improvements promoted by the Council for Hakka Affairs.
3. Xinwawu is situated in the high-speed rail Hsinchu metropolis. In addition to the high-speed rail connection to northern and southern Taiwan, there are also the East-west Expressway and the First Highway linking it to Zhudong, Qionglin, Hukou, Hsinchu City and the Science Park. Zhubei City has now a population of around 110,000 people, of which 53.2% are Hakka. A population of 45,000 is expected to move in the designated zone. Besides the original landowners to be reallocated part of the land, most of this new population will be personnel related to hi-tech industries to be set up in the area. The overall development will provide the venue for Hakka Arts and cultural performances and Hakka lifestyle experience. With its convenient transportation and surrounding population, it will be an ideal platform for the people in the metropolitan area to gain a better understanding of Hakka culture and lifestyle.
4. For the space reservation and redevelopment plan in the Hakka Culture Conservation Zone, the development of the conservation zone and the parkland must be integrated to complement each other as according to urban planning regulations. The conservation and redevelopment of Hakka settlements in this base area and Public Lot No. 5 (1.6 hectares in total) can be combined with the College of Hakka Studies of Chiao Tung University and the Folk Arts Park nearby to develop into the Hakka Culture Study Park of Northern Taiwan.
(1) Base area location: Public Lot No. 5 in the High Speed Rail Hsinchu Station designated zone.
(2) Total size of base area: 16,112㎡
(3) Land registration: Land No. 0722 of Yongxing Section, Zhubei City, Hsinchu county
(4) Current status: The Lin Families’ Settlement kept in Xinwawu on Public Lot No.5 presently contains about 30 buildings. Structures include earthen brick, brick and reinforced brick. They are either one or two stories in height.