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Old August 14th, 2012, 04:58 PM   #101
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東涌填海收2000意見書

2012年08月14日(二)

Synopsis : Local residents and environmentalists have raised concerns over the government's reclamation plans in Tung Chung bay that were released in June. 2000 suggestion letters have been received during public consultation, which ended on the 12th. Some 100 species of birds, many rare species of fish, and almost 70 species of butterflies reside in the area. Current plans are to reclaim 110 hectares.

【本報訊】政府擬在東涌填海拓地建屋遭環保團體及地區人士群起反對。東涌填海造地第一階段公眾諮詢本月十二日屆滿,發展局經初步點算,確認收到二千份意見書,稍後會進行分析。當局又強調政府會在研究過程中,盡早進行生態影響評估、了解發展限制,確定解決方案後,才草擬在生態中可接受方案。

規劃署及土木工程拓展署今年六月就「東涌餘下發展計劃的規劃及工程研究」,包括考慮在東涌填海逾一百一十公頃。七個環保團體早前發表聯署聲明,反對在東涌填海,指會破壞生態系統,更建議當局將東涌灣及東涌河一帶土地劃為具特殊科學價值地點及綠化地帶。環團數月前更開始在東涌灣及東涌河一帶進行生態調查,有一百零一種雀鳥及多種罕有魚類及近七十種蝴蝶,佔本港蝴蝶品種的四分之一。
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Old August 27th, 2012, 04:36 AM   #102
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New towns more than just community of bedrooms
The Standard
Monday, August 27, 2012

Many of Hong Kong's recent development policies have been aimed at stimulating growth in the building sector. One of the proposed projects has unlimited potential.

For much of the border area between the SAR and Shenzhen - as a result of previous planning regimes - remains restricted.

And although the government has made efforts in recent years to open up the area for development, the progress remains ongoing.

Many challenges need to be overcome, including public consent and bureaucratic proceedings. But for solid visionary planning involving a vast chunk of valuable land, the government should start from the town planning perspective.

To create a new town on the outskirts of Hong Kong, the key is to build a direct and swift transportation network, where the commute between the town center and the rest of the SAR won't take more than 60 to 90 minutes.

With its location being immediately south of the border, the area is extremely handy for those who work in Shenzhen.

In addition to job creation and infrastructure development, the government should partner with businesses or encourage them to create career centers, so that these new towns won't just be a community of bedrooms for the locals, but also a place for them to work.

Other amenities like schools, universities, hospitals, entertainment and retail elements should be included in the planning to provide an all-round and self-sustaining community.

The time to solve the housing issue has long passed. To truly utilize Hong Kong's land resources to alleviate the shortage of public housing, there is a pressing need to develop new towns - ones that are safe, vibrant and well connected.

Architectural critic Nicholas Ho and art historian Stephanie Poon don't always see eye to eye.
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Old September 1st, 2012, 05:19 PM   #103
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CY aide wants border bustle to create jobs
The Standard
Tuesday, August 28, 2012

A top adviser to Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying says developing the border zone will create jobs for those living far from the urban center.

Executive Councillor Cheung Chi-kong, who is director of the One Country, Two Systems Research Institute, said the proposal will make it more convenient for mainlanders to enter the special zone with permits issued at the border rather than in advance.

Cheung insisted that not everyone will be allowed to enter and the SAR government will retain the right to bar some travelers.

"The government has not developed a new area since Tung Chung and Ma On Shan," Cheung said.

"We need to think further ahead for the future development of Hong Kong."

He said there are not many shopping centers in northern Hong Kong, hence the urban center is packed with locals and mainlanders.

"However, the number of stores in the urban area has not really increased as the new stores merely replace those forced to close or move because of extremely high rent."

Cheung added: "Opening the border area will provide mainlanders with more choice when they visit Hong Kong."

Building a commercial area in northeastern Hong Kong will help control rent increases in areas such as Tsim Sha Tsui and Central.

The proposed zone will measure 2,400 hectares, almost the size of Kowloon and Hong Kong Island together, and will include warehouses, service industries and medical facilities.

But an opponent of the plan, Chan Kim-ching, said the proposal does not consider the interests of locals who may need to go through "customs" to shop there.

He also doubts the development will really create job opportunities for locals and the poor.

"As stated in the research institute's report in 2010, only advanced level jobs will be available as the development includes educational facilities, high-tech research and commercial buildings," Chan said.

"Instead of lowering the commercial rent in the urban center, it might increase prices in northeastern Hong Kong substantially," he said.

The public consultation on the development of the North East New Territories has been extended a month from August 18.

It will now conclude on September 22.
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Old September 4th, 2012, 04:36 AM   #104
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Villagers turn protest against NT zone into carnival
The Standard
Monday, September 03, 2012







Several hundred villagers opposing plans to develop parts of the northeastern New Territories turned their protest into a carnival to show off local culture and produce.

The villagers from Ta Kwu Ling, Kwn Tung and Ping Che want to keep their farmland instead of turning it into a visa-free commercial zone for mainlanders under a government plan.

Waving banners and chanting slogans as they marched around government headquarters at Tamar yesterday, the villagers also sold tea, Chinese desserts, organic vegetables and soy sauce all grown and produced in their home areas.

Chu Hoi-dick of the Land Justice League said the villagers have not been properly consulted and their views ignored in the two stages of public consultation on the development plan.

More than 10,000 people, most of them non-indigenous villagers would be forced to leave their homes.

"We are familiar with our neighbors. We don't want to leave. The villagers all have good ties and connections." said a villager named Chun who has lived in Ping Che for more than 40 years.

The government aims to provide 787 hectares of land for the development of three settlements - Kwu Tung North, Fan Ling North and Ping Che/Ta Kwu Ling - close to the Hong Kong-Shenzhen border.

A government spokesman said it has set aside a 3.2-hectare strip of land at Kwu Tung North for rehousing the affected villagers.

Public consultation has been extended until the end of the month.
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Old September 17th, 2012, 12:15 PM   #105
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Land acquisition for Liantang/Heung Yuen Wai Boundary Control Point project
Friday, September 14, 2012
Government Press Release

A total of 136 graves/urns with human remains will be affected by the Liantang/Heung Yuen Wai Boundary Control Point and Associated Works project. Of these, 25 graves may be subject to claims for possessory titles.

A notice for acquisition of land being occupied by these 25 graves was published in the Government Gazette today (September 14).

After the expiration of the one-month notice period, the land occupied by these 25 graves will be vested in the Government and every interest, right or easement of any person in or over the land shall be extinguished. Those who wish to make a claim of ownership should write to the Director of Lands on or before October 13, 2012.
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Old October 8th, 2012, 05:37 PM   #106
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Extra 35,000 public flats mooted in land row
The Standard
Wednesday, September 26, 2012

A government source says it is possible to set aside more land in the northeastern New Territories for public housing - resulting in 25,000 to 35,000 more units than the 50,000 originally planned.

The source said under the original plan, private housing will account for 57percent of the provision in terms of units, and public housing 43percent.

But, the senior government source added the latter figure may be boosted to 55-60percent if the percentage of land allocated for that purpose is raised from 20percent, to 25-30percent.

He said such a change is feasible. The government earlier set the ratio of land allocated to private and public housing at 8:2.

However, on Monday, Michael Choi Ngai-min, a member of the Housing Authority's strategic planning committee, called on the government to relax the plot ratio, and increase the ratio of public housing at three new developments in the northeast.

Choi said if the plot ratio is relaxed from five to six, and if the ratio of public housing is increased from 43 to 55 percent, the number of residential units could rise from 50,000 to 75,000, up to 85,000. He said such a measure would meet the housing needs of the territory.

Meanwhile, a former deputy housing director and supporter of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said it is necessary to develop the northeastern region in order to increase the housing supply.

Speaking on an RTHK program, Marco Wu Moon-hoi, who is also a member of the Housing Authority, said there should be short-, medium- and long-term plans to tackle the issue of land supply.

He said one solution would be to convert the use of vacant land in urban areas to residential.

But, such land is rare, he noted.

Therefore, there is a need to consider land in the northeast New Territories to ensure a stable supply in the future.

Meanwhile, the outcry over the government's plan to develop the area is escalating.

Despite the suggestion of more homes for the less wealthy, the plan has attracted severe criticism from residents as well as other concern groups, as those on the border will be forced to leave the lands they have been farming for decades.

There are also concerns that the northeastern zone will mainly serve the interests of mainlanders.

But Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor has said it will go against public sentiment to stop opening new land.

And development minister Paul Chan Mo-po said the withdrawal of the plan is out of the question.
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Old October 12th, 2012, 06:23 AM   #107
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Land row ironic twist for Lam
The Standard
Friday, September 28, 2012

Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said it would have been politically expedient to leave the development project in the northeast New Territories to the next administration, as the first piece of land will only be available by 2019.

Lam said the administration would have shelved discussions if it was only concerned about its popularity.

She said the row over the project had caught the government by surprise, adding "innovative" ways were needed to communicate with the public, such as through the internet.

Lam said previous consultations the government had with stakeholders had apparently generated little controversy.

Lam recalled that as development minister in the previous administration, she explained the plan in Legco in June, but heard no opposition in the chamber.

"It is really ironic because [there was] almost no complaint about the plan," Lam said.

She added that a Civic Party lawmaker even described it as consistent with public opinion.

"I don't want to be defensive," Lam said. "I just want to say that we have already embraced the need to engage people ... to talk to people."

Michael Choi Ngai-min, a member of the Housing Authority's strategic planning committee, has told critics to stop saying the plan is aimed at integrating the SAR with Shenzhen.

He hoped those who oppose the plan would instead focus on how to develop the northeastern zone. Choi reiterated that the public housing ratio for northeastern New Territories will have to be increased to 55 percent or more, if housing needs are to be met.

If Hong Kong does not develop new towns, there may be no more land for development in the future, he added.

Meanwhile, Secretary for Development Paul Chan Mo-po hinted the authorities may go for a high-density environment to solve the housing shortage.

Chan said while people disliked curtain-like high-rises, it would be difficult to meet housing needs if the density was lowered.

He added the development density of the Kai Tak project is being reviewed, but it is too early to say if its stadium plan will be shelved.

Meanwhile, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying denied that developing the northeastern zone will serve the mainland's interest.

But a tape recording revealed that Leung told the Heung Yee Kuk last October - before the chief executive election - that he would allow mainlanders to come to the area without permit and develop the northeastern zone to serve the interests of the mainland.
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Old October 15th, 2012, 11:33 AM   #108
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Swipe at critics over land crisis
The Standard
Thursday, October 04, 2012

Government land reserves will be used up by 2017 if it does not develop new towns such as those in the northeastern New Territories.

That's the warning from executive councillor Franklin Lam Fan-keung, who yesterday criticized opponents for lacking a sense of crisis.

"The 400 hectares of land reserve that the government currently holds, and the land already sold, can only provide about 190,000 new flats," Lam told RTHK.

"With the demand for 45,000 units every year, it can only satisfy needs for the next four years."

There will be a land vacuum starting from 2017 if new towns are not developed in the northeast, or if the government does not look into different ways of opening up land, he claimed.

In general, society now wants the government to provide 45,000 units annually - including 20,000 for public housing, 20,000 for private housing, and 5,000 under the Home Ownership Scheme, he said.

But only about 50,000 new units may be provided by developing the northeastern New Territories, which means only satisfying demand for just over a year.

"Those who oppose the northeast New Territories development don't understand the land shortage situation we are facing. They lack a sense of crisis," said Lam, who was formerly a star equity analyst with an investment bank.

He said the four years of public consultation allowed for the development in the northeast is too long, and the government should review how to shorten the consultation process to meet the pressing need
s of the general public in buying flats.

Lam agrees with the suggestion of another Exco member, Bernard Charnwut Chan, that the government should review the consultation format being used.

"Regarding the development of the northeastern New Territories, many people expressed their opinions only at the final stage of consultation, just like students doing revision right before examinations," Chan said.

The government should therefore consider shortening the period for consultation, but with the proviso that quality is not affected.

Regarding tourism, Lam agrees the current support facilities in Hong Kong are insufficient, especially relating to the number of hotels and shopping malls - with more badly needed.

He stressed that Hong Kong is an open society, and the economy depends greatly on the development of the service sector.

"Hong Kong cannot enclose itself and prevent visitors from coming."

There were proposals to allow nonpermanent residents of Shenzhen to visit Hong Kong with multiple-entry permits.

But the plan was suspended following protests and after considering Hong Kong's inability to cope with millions of more visitors.
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Old October 29th, 2012, 09:22 AM   #109
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LCQ2: North East New Territories New Development Areas
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Government Press Release

Following is a question by Dr Hon Fernando Cheung and a reply by the Secretary for Development, Mr Paul Chan, in the Legislative Council today (October 24):

Question:

The Government has indicated earlier that there are currently over 2 100 hectares of land planned for "Residential" or "Commercial/Residential" land use in the Government's land reserve, including about 1 200-odd hectares of land zoned "Village Type Development". The objective of conducting the North East New Territories New Development Areas Planning (the Planning) by the Government is to increase land supply. Some villagers of the Ma Shi Po Village affected by the Planning, including farmers whose families have engaged in farming for generations, have relayed that ever since the Government had indicated more than a decade ago that it would develop North East New Territories, they have been under constant threat of land resumption and dispossession by real estate developers. In this connection, will the Government inform this Council:

(a) among the aforesaid 2 100-odd hectares of land, of the respective areas of land reserved for public housing and various private developments as well as sites which are already on the Application List, excluding "Village Type Development" sites and land which is not suitable for development; the specific locations of such land and estimated numbers of various types of housing units that may be built; as well as the locations of the 1 200-odd hectares of "Village Type Development" sites;

(b) of the details of the household statistics, including the number of households, distribution of household size, household income profile, types of housing and number of households, in the three areas affected by the Planning, namely Kwu Tung North, Fanling North and Ping Che/Ta Kwu Ling, according to the demographic data in 1996, 2001, 2006 and 2011, as well as the estimated population in the three areas at present; and

(c) of the principles based on which the Government chooses to adopt the "public-private partnership" approach or the "Conventional New Town Approach" in developing a new area; as the aforesaid villagers have indicated that the Government had initially planned to develop North East New Territories under the "public-private partnership" approach, and many pieces of agricultural land within the three affected areas were acquired and damaged as a result, of the transaction details, including the lots, areas, acquisition parties, values and the years of transaction, of the land in these three areas since 1996?

Reply:

President,

During the motion debate on the North East New Territories New Development Areas (NENT NDAs) later today in this Council, I will give a comprehensive account of the NDAs project and relevant issues. Meanwhile, I will confine my reply to Dr Hon Cheung's question:

(a) The 2 100-odd hectares of government land mentioned in the question refers to areas of unleased or unallocated government land zoned "Residential", "Commercial/Residential" and "Village Type Development" on statutory town plans (including Outline Zoning Plans and Development Permission Area Plans). This figure, based on statistics as at the end of June 2012, is simply obtained by subtracting leased or allocated areas under respective land use zonings from the total area covered by such zones on the statutory town plans.

There are a total of 952.5 hectares of unleased or unallocated government land which are "Residential" or "Commercial/Residential". Excluding roads/passageways, man-made slopes, land allocated under the Simplified Temporary Land Allocation procedures (e.g. land allocated to government departments as temporary works areas) and fragmented sites (sites less than 0.05 hectares in area), which are not suitable for development, not yet available for development or with low development potential, there remain 391.5 hectares of land. It must be pointed out that amongst the 391.5 hectares of land, there are still a number of sites with irregular shapes (e.g. empty space between buildings, back lanes and narrow strips of land alongside existing developments, highways or other amenities), and not all of them are suitable for housing development.

Furthermore, of the above 391.5 hectares of government land, 19 sites, representing 18.9 hectares of land in total, have been included in the 2012-13 Application List for land sale while the sites allocated to the Housing Authority for planned public housing development are not included in these 391.5 hectares of land. The remaining may not necessarily be land immediately available for development as some will require technical studies to ascertain their development feasibility. Indeed, some of such land have already been included in various studies. At present, we are not able to estimate on how much land among the 391.5 hectares can be made available for housing development and the number of housing units that can be built.

Within the "Village Type Development" zones, there are a total of 1 201.2 hectares of unleased or unallocated government land. Excluding roads/passageways, man-made slopes and land allocated under the Simplified Temporary Land Allocation procedures, there remain 932.9 hectares of land.

Information on the relevant land area analysis and the map showing the site boundaries were uploaded onto the website of the Development Bureau on October 17 for public inspection.

(b) In the Population Census/Population By-census, the household and population statistics by districts are compiled on the basis of the demarcation of the District Council districts/constituency areas or tertiary planning units/street blocks, which are different from the development boundaries of the NENT NDAs. As such, the Population Census/Population By-census cannot provide the household and population statistics of the NDAs.

According to the information obtained from site inspections under the NENT NDAs Planning and Engineering Study (the Study) in 2009 and 2011, about 1 700 households (approximately 6 500 persons) would be affected by the NDAs project and subject to removal. The affected households are mainly living in buildings of one to two storeys height. The actual numbers and circumstances of the households can only be confirmed after the completion of the pre-clearance surveys and eligibility screening to be conducted before commencement of works.

(c) More than half of the developable land in the NENT NDAs are privately owned. In the early stage of the Study, the implementation of the NDAs project has already been included in the Study as a matter requiring attention and public discussion has been made thereon. The Administration has all along remained open minded on the issue. After the Stage One and Stage Two Public Engagement exercises, we have thoroughly considered the public views on the implementation mechanism, the needs to ensure orderly implementation of the NDAs project and timely provision of various public facilities and housing units. In the Stage Three Public Engagement exercise, we have indicated that we would adopt the "Conventional New Town Approach" to implement the NDAs.

As we advised the Panel on Development of the Legislative Council in June this year, whether some kind of flexibility could be built in for public-private partnership in implementing the NDAs project would depend on whether it could address the need for timing provision of housing supply including new Home Ownership Scheme units, and the public perception of such approach. The Government will consider the comments collected during the Stage Three Public Engagement exercise before deciding on the final development approach for implementing the NDAs project.

At present, we do not have information on transaction of private land within the NDAs. Such information is not required for analysis in the planning and engineering study concerned.
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Tsoi Yuen's a bad copycat
The Standard
Friday, September 21, 2012

How much is HK$40 billion? Quite a lot, right?

To put it in context, the West Kowloon Cultural District project has a budget of HK$29 billion, but is expected to cost more by the time it's completed. The Kai Tak cruise terminal is tabbed at HK$8.2 billion, and the Sha Tin to Central rail link nearly HK$80 billion.

Now, along comes development minister Paul Chan Mo-po, saying yesterday the government will be spending HK$40 billion to compensate and resettle homeowners and residents in the northeastern New Territories to build homes for 150,000 people.

About 10,000 people will be affected.

There is undeniably an acute shortage of suitable land for development in the SAR, and it's standard procedure for policymakers to find new sites. But the opposition in the northeastern corner is unexpected, and the issue is obviously being politicized.

Having said that, the amount of compensation is staggering. Perhaps Chan is desperate to win over opponents. He hinted the compensation would match or even exceed the generous amounts paid to villagers in Tsoi Yuen Tsuen in Yuen Long, whose homes were demolished last year to make way for the high-speed rail link to Guangzhou.

People may recall that when the government forked out the so-called "enhanced" packages in Tsoi Yuen Tsuen, many eyebrows were raised after seeing the villagers receiving compensation double or even triple the usual amount.

Now, with Chan saying the northeastern NT landlords and residents stand to reap even more, it's indeed alarming.

Nearly three months into his tenure, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying appears to be taking the easy way out by handing out sweeteners to a population increasingly upset with his government's weak performance.

At his first question and answer session in the Legislative Council, Leung offered HK$8 billion worth of relief, including enhanced allowances and medical vouchers for the elderly. Not long after, he committed HK$1 billion to installing lifts at footbridges and pedestrian subways.

So far, we've heard Leung and his ministers talk a lot about spending here and there. Unfortunately, we haven't yet heard them say how they intend to stimulate economic growth.

If he's serious in saying he doesn't need to wait until the policy address to implement policies of public concern, then he should do so now. Making a bigger pie is what leadership is about.

The new government may have inherited deep pockets from its predecessor, but a huge chunk of the reserves has already been committed to other mega projects like the Hong Kong- Macau-Zhuhai Bridge and the third airport runway.

As the government plays soft on livelihood issues, shouldn't it also pay urgent attention to accelerating growth? Budgetary prudence shouldn't be sacrificed in the meantime.
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Government ad to promote development in the NE New Territories

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New townships are key to growth
The Standard
Monday, December 31, 2012

A city is often measured by its quantifiable performance - size by its gross domestic product, wealth by its GDP per capita and strength by its unemployment rate.

As Hong Kong is a society driven by development, its future lies with planned expansion, rather than its financial sector, which accounts for less than 20percent of GDP.

In the past, a surging local population meant that many new towns in the New Territories had to be developed.

The process usually began with the allocation of land, planning transport and utility infrastructures, providing for housing and commercial spaces and other supporting facilities.

Although it has not always been smooth sailing, these new towns have undoubtedly changed the way we live, which is for the better.

Next year, important social issues, such as housing, commercial space and provision of health-care facilities, will assume utmost importance.

New-town developments are crucial for the next generation, as a single township usually takes more than 10 years to come to fruition.

The North East New Territories development project is, perhaps, one that's worth investing in.

This is because with 150 hectares of residential land, the project may be used to house a total of 53,800 new residential units for 150,000 people. Also, a commercial complex to cater for 52,100 of those inhabitants may be envisaged.

The project has the potential to become the next central business district due to its proximity to Shenzhen.

With astute planning, it can become a self-sustaining community, with less than 30 minutes of commuting time to the mainland.

Although this is a long-term vision, it is necessary to resolve the escalating social problems in the coming decade.

Under the Basic Law, the Hong Kong SAR boundary isn't clearly defined.

Along the border between Shenzhen and Hong Kong lies a restricted zone that was deemed necessary for security reasons back in the 1990s. However, it comes as no surprise that this land is perhaps vitally important for the SAR today.

By investigating the potential of releasing this land for infrastructural, commercial and housing development, we can greatly enhance the business potential for the entire region and strengthen SAR collaboration with the mainland.

Many people believe Hong Kong is a land of opportunity, with our rule of law, attractive taxation system and freedom of speech.

They are right to think so, but for the SAR to continue prospering, we will need to redefine our role as an international city where the majority of citizens are well taken care of and development opportunities are limitless.

Architectural critic Nicholas Ho and art historian Stephanie Poon don't always see eye to eye.
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Jobs plea for Tung Chung locals
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Monday, March 11, 2013

Those living in Tung Chung should be given more jobs in the area, the chairman of the Lantau Economic Development Alliance believes.

Speaking on a Commercial Radio program, Allen Ha Wing- on, who is also the chief executive of AsiaWorld-Expo, said Lantau has room to develop, and wants more job opportunities to support sustainable development.

Alliance vice chairman Andrew Kam Min-ho, who is also managing director of Hong Kong Disneyland, said Lantau has an edge in that many big companies are located on the island.

"The corporations can bear a part of the corporate responsibility and create job opportunities for Tung Chung residents," Kam said.

With most employees at the Hong Kong Disneyland and the AsiaWorld-Expo coming from other districts, Ha said there appears to be an "employment mismatch" in the area.

He added that the number of employees at Disney and AsiaWorld-Expo who live in Tung Chung and Lantau is relatively low.

Of the 80,000 residents in Tung Chung, half of them live in public housing estates and some are new migrants or ethnic minorities.

Ha said the alliance will not only provide job-skill training for residents, but will also offer courses to help those who have been unemployed for some time to get back into the market.

The alliance will organize its first recruitment day on March 23 at AsiaWorld-Expo to promote local employment.

The event will feature 1,000 jobs from seven companies involved in security, cleaning, hotels and tourism.

With the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge to be completed in 2016, this will be a chance to develop Lantau as a commercial district along with a mid-priced shopping mall, Kam said.
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SDEV's speaking notes on planning and lands policy areas tabled at LegCo Finance Committee special meeting
Government Press Release Excerpt
Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Following is the English translation of the speaking notes on planning and lands policy areas of the Secretary for Development, Mr Paul Chan, tabled at the Finance Committee special meeting in the Legislative Council today (April 10):

Long-term land supply

Creating new land is an essential source of land supply in the long term. The Government is determined to develop new land extensively so that land can be used to meet future demand in a timely manner. Therefore, we will expeditiously take forward a series of long-term land supply projects, including the North East New Territories New Development Areas (NDAs), Hung Shui Kiu NDA, development of New Territories North, review of deserted agricultural land in North District and Yuen Long, development of Lantau Island, reclamation on an appropriate scale outside Victoria Harbour, and rock cavern and underground space development.

North East New Territories New Development Areas (NENT NDAs)

Based on the Recommended Outline Development Plans announced in the Stage 3 Public Engagement exercise in June 2012, the NENT NDAs could provide 533 hectares of developable land, including 150 hectares of housing land to provide some 53 800 residential units. In response to the public comments received, we are considering appropriately increasing the development intensity, increasing the proportion of public housing to over half, identifying sites for new Home Ownership Scheme developments and taking forward, as appropriate, the "Hong Kong property for Hong Kong people" measure for suitable private housing sites. Land for housing development in the NDA will be available in 2019 at the earliest. We plan to publish the report on the Stage 3 Public Engagement around the middle of this year.

Hung Shui Kiu New Development Area (HSK NDA)

For HSK NDA, various preliminary land use options have been formulated and technical assessments are being conducted with a view to deriving a Preliminary Outline Development Plan for the next stage of the Community Engagement exercise to be conducted in the third quarter of 2013. Land in the NDA is expected to be available for development from 2021 onwards.

Developing New Territories North

As mentioned in the 2013 Policy Address, a planning study will be undertaken by the Planning Department to identify further development opportunities in New Territories North, with a view to developing a modern new town there of a similar scale as the Fanling/Sheung Shui New Town.
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Brownfield sites' in new town plan
The Standard
Monday, April 29, 2013

Eighty-five percent of the sites targeted for subsidized housing in Yuen Long South are uninhabited brownfield land.

That is according to data provided by development secretary Paul Chan Mo- po in his blog, as he seeks to allay public worries about a dispute reminiscent of the Choi Yuen village incident.

Of the 200 hectares in total land area chosen for primarily building subsidized housing in the new town, most are "brownfield sites," Chan wrote. Their location in Tong Yan San Tsuen and Tai Tong means that 170 hectares are either abandoned or being temporarily used for industrial or storage purposes.

"Only about 16 hectares of the chosen sites are currently inhabited and 15 hectares are active farmland," he wrote.

Chan's blog post came after he was criticized during the first stage of community engagement for the New Territories development.

Some citizens voiced fears that the future Yuen Long South new town would face problems similar to that seen at Choi Yuen village. Villagers there launched vehement protests on learning that their homes were to be demolished for the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link, sparking months of deadlock before the project could proceed.

Others responding to Chan said the government is wasting time on public consultations with no actual development plans released for the project yet.

But Chan said the government cannot "work behind closed doors" and urged people to engage in the two-month consultation period that runs until June.

He said the government is still facing numerous limitations and difficulties in developing the Yuen Long South area.

This includes providing future infrastructure facilities and building a sewage system in the undeveloped district.

He also noted that Yuen Long South does not have any highway or rail links.
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Line drawn on so-slow pace of progress at Tung Chung
The Standard
Monday, May 27, 2013

Progress at Tung Chung has been going at the pace of a tortoise, development chief Paul Chan Mo-po complains in a plea for action in the district.

And unless the western side of the area is reclaimed for development, Chan claims, it will not have a population that will justify extending the Tung Chung MTR line.

He writes in a blog that a first phase of public consultation shows society at large recognizes its development potential.

There was not much public opposition to reclamation on the eastern side, the secretary for development adds, but reclamation to the west is being opposed because of the perceived negative effects in Tung Chung Bay and harm to river ecology.

"But west Tung Chung's development potential will be largely limited if we don't reclaim or don't carry out large- scale development," he says.

"With the current population in west Tung Chung, it is impossible to support a new railway station."

The town's maximum capacity for population is put at 220,000, but it is well short of that at present with a population of about 80,000.

Chan also seeks to refute claims by conservationists that the ecology to the west is threatened, saying "the reclamation will avoid [an area] of mangroves and wetland and will not affect the waterflow of Tung Chung Bay."

The administration wants to expand the reclamation area to a maximum of 120 hectares.

One transport-dependent idea on the east side is for 38,000 flats to house 110,000 people. Another is 33,000 flats for about 95,000 people, 450,000 square meters of office and retail space and facilities for 350 pleasure craft.

On the west, planners propose making "good use" of fallow farmland, reclamation of up to 14 hectares and 15,000 flats.

There would also be commercial areas and a waterfront promenade on the west.

A second phase of public participation will run until July 21.

Chan urges the public to participate in activities that will include a forum and a workshop that will provide opinions for planners.
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Homing in
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Thursday, July 04, 2013

The Northeast New Territories New Development Areas will provide 60,000 homes as the government raises the proportion of public housing buildings.

They will be part of details to be announced today by Housing Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po for the 533 hectare area.

Chan earlier said major amendments will be made to the masterplan.

To reduce controversy, it is understood the government will stall the development of the adjacent Ping Che and Ta Kwu Ling districts citing lack of infrastructure in the area.

The districts were originally designated for private homes.

Building density of the remaining districts, namely Fan Ling North and Kwu Tung North, will be raised to six times of site area from the original five times, which will yield 60,000 apartments, government sources said.

Public housing and Home Ownership scheme homes will comprise 60 percent of the homes, up from 43 percent mentioned earlier.

On how the land would be managed, the government will introduce a "hybrid" method - that is, while it would acquire most of the land, those property bigwigs who hold a large amount of farmland would have a chance to retain their development rights.

In order to qualify for land exchange, certain conditions have to be met. They include the site to have been earmarked for private development, to be at least 0.4 hectares and in good shape.

Also, the site has to be wholly owned by parties who will develop them.

Developers would also have to negotiate with the governm
ent on other conditions, such as the development period as well as additional community facilities.

The negotiations will have to be completed within a certain time - beyond which the government will have the right to buy them out.

Henderson Land (0012), the largest holder of agricultural land, has almost 30 hectares of farmland in Kwu Tung and Fan Ling North, while New World Development (0017) holds 24 hectares in Fan Ling.

Sources said retaining private participation is to reduce legal risks, as developers may call for judicial review, and delay the progress, if all land is taken by the government.

Developers have strongly opposed the "new town model" when the government first suggested it as a standard for future development.

Local residents have fiercely reacted to private participation as "property hegemony."

Henderson Land chairman Lee Shau-kee denied suggestions of collusion with the government. "When converting farmland to residential use, developers will have to pay a premium at current prices.

The Lands Department is so cautious of being criticized that it often demands prices even higher than those quoted at land auctions." He said developers have no intention to hoard land, but on some occasions, "construction isn't allowed even if you want it."

Henderson has been working on plans to develop Nam Sang Wai for 20 years and is still under planning, Lee said.
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More homes in greener pastures
The Standard
Friday, July 05, 2013

The first batch of homes in the Northeast New Territories Development District Areas will be built in 10 years and house up to 175,000 people when completed.

The latest proposal on the controversial development close to the boundary with the mainland is "made for Hong Kong people," Secretary for Development Paul Chan Mo-po insisted when revealing the modified plan yesterday.

Chan was trying to counter criticism that the government wants to integrate the Northeast New Territories with Shenzhen.

He said authorities will focus on developing Fan Ling North and Kwu Tung, and delay the development of Ping Che and Ta Kwu Ling, saying infrastructure in the area is not yet mature.

Building density for the areas will be raised, with allowed plot ratios hiked to 3.5-6 times from 3-5 times.

In Kwu Tung, 35,400 homes will be built, with 58percent being public housing units. The government is proposing to add an MTR station at Kwu Tung along the East Rail Line.

Chan said the building density around the station will be similar to that of Sunshine City in Ma On Shan.

Fan Ling North will house 25,300 homes, with almost a third being public housing.

Chan said some of the land could be reserved for the "Hong Kong property for Hong Kong people" scheme.

Construction of these 60,700 homes and related infrastructure and amenities will create 37,700 jobs. The government is expected to invest HK$120 billion, including HK$30 billion to buy the land and the rest for infrastructure development.

Subsidized homes will represent 60 percent of the total number of units but the ratio may be adjusted as there is still a decade to go before the units are built.

After the 20-year development project is finished, the consolidated Kwu Tung-Sheung Shui-Fan Ling new town will have a population of as many as 460,000, which is comparable to Tuen Mun at present.

The government said about 1,000 households will be affected by the development and each will receive a maximum compensation of up to HK$600,000 at the most, and there will be enough public housing to settle them.

The government will pay farmers and help them find farmland in nearby districts. It has reserved 58 hectares of land for agricultural use.

As expected, while the government will buy out most of the land, it has given an option for landlords to initiate development of the farmland they own - subject to stricter conditions than a usual land exchange agreement.

Chan Kim-ching, a researcher from Local Research Community, said PCCW chairman Richard Li Tzar-kai owns a site in Kwu Tung, while New World Development (0017) and Henderson Land (0012) hold lands in Fan Ling.

They could benefit from the future development, he added.

New World and Henderson said it will study the proposals.
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Lantau set for sea change
The standard
Thursday, January 16, 2014



East Lantau will become a new business district after Central and Kowloon East.

CY Leung said new studies are being done to develop Lantau Island to capitalize on the benefits brought by the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge.

He said there will be fundamental changes to Lantau's functions and development potential after the 55-kilometer bridge and the nine-kilometer Tuen Mun-Chek Lap Kok Link are completed in 2016 and 2018.

To prepare the strategy, a Lantau Development Advisory Committee, led by Secretary for Development Paul Chan Mo-po, will be established. The government will explore ways to further develop the eastern waters off the island and neighboring areas to develop an East Lantau metropolis for accommodating a new population, Leung said.

It will become a core business district for promoting economic development and providing job opportunities.

A source said the government plans to reclaim land in the waters between Lantau and Hong Kong Island and also Sunny Bay and expects to start feasibility studies by mid-year. The source said it will provide 1,400 to 2,400 hectares of land on the artificial island.

It also plans to build bridges or tunnels to connect the main island, other artificial islands, western Hong Kong Island or east Lantau. It plans to build leisure facilities in Sunny Bay. The source said the artificial island and Sunny Bay are less controversial as there will be little effect on Chinese White dolphins.

But the source said the government expects to have difficulty in pushing out the plan and will suggest the two areas to attract customers with high consumption power.

Leung also said a preliminary review of supporting infrastructure to develop shopping, entertainment and hotel facilities has been carried out in the artificial land for the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge Hong Kong Boundary Crossing Facilities as a "bridgehead economy."

A source said the area would be a lot like the airport but the development will not affect the start of operations in 2016.

Airport Authority chairman Marvin Cheung Kin-tung said it plans to submit an environmental impact assessment report for the three-runway system to the Environmental Protection Department in the first quarter this year. The authority will invite expressions of interest in a new 1,000-room hotel shortly.

Lantau Development Alliance chairman Allen Ha Wing-on said the plan for the crossing facilities "helps to alleviate the urban bottlenecks and enhance Hong Kong's receiving capacity as well as creating job opportunities and promoting the sustainable development of Lantau."
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