Tamhai New Town
Tamhai New Town (Chinese: 淡海新市鎮; pinyin: Dànhǎi xīn shìzhèn), also known as Danhai New Town, is a large residential development in Tamsui District, New Taipei, Taiwan. It was first proposed as a new town in 1992. The project aims to create a town using 17.56 km2 of land north of central Tamsui to relocate 300,000 people from the overcrowded Taipei metropolitan area. It currently has a population of about 40,000.
The first phase of the project has been completed, but though it was designed to house 130,000 people, only 13,000 have moved in. The second and third stage plans were drawn up in 1995, but never implemented after the Environmental Protection Administration requested that both be submitted to two environmental impact assessments. After many years of delays, in 2013, the agency submitted another development project covering more than 1,100 hectares to an environmental impact assessment under a new name, but which included zones that were designated for development under the second phase of the original plan.
Tamhai New Town is situated between the prosperous urban area of Taipei and the low population density of Sanzhi, Shimen, Jinshan, etc., which can provide an optimum distance for residents to commute to work on weekdays and to lead a balance lifestyle of leisure and recreation in the weekends. Major transportation-related constructions in the area inclue Port of Taipei, Danjiang Bridge, Danhai Light Rail, and Sanzhi-Beitou Expressway, which will determine the future development potential of the new town.
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