The Policy Address and Policy Agenda 2017

Home Ownership, Liveable City

Developing Land Resources: Updating Development Strategy (P. 78)

  • Continue with the study on “Hong Kong 2030+: Towards a Planning Vision and Strategy Transcending 2030” to examine the strategic planning blueprint for overall spatial planning and for land and infrastructure development of Hong Kong beyond 2030, with a view to planning for a liveable high-density city, embracing new economic challenges and opportunities, and creating capacity for sustainable growth. (DEVB)

 

Developing Land Resources: Short-term Measures (P. 80)

  • Continue to rezone the more than 210 suitable sites with development potential as identified in land use reviews to residential or other uses for which the community has more pressing needs. We will also appropriately increase the development density of individual residential sites. (DEVB)

 

Developing Land Resources: Medium and Long-term Measure (P. 81-83)

  • Formulate a policy framework to tackle brownfield sites in a holistic manner, with the objectives of optimising land utilisation, rationalising land uses, supporting the development of industries that are needed in Hong Kong, and improving the rural environment. We will also strive to complete the survey on the existing profile and operations of brownfield sites and the consultancy studies on the feasibility of accommodating brownfield operations in multi-storey buildings within 2018. (DEVB) (New Initiative)
  • Continue with the implementation of new development areas and new town extensions:
    • press ahead with the implementation of the plans for the Kwu Tung North and Fanling North New Development Areas as an extension to the Fanling/Sheung Shui New Town; 81 Home Ownership, Liveable City
    • press ahead with the implementation of the development of Tung Chung New Town Extension to tie in with the development of Lantau, turning Tung Chung into a distinct and more comprehensively developed new town;
    • press ahead with the implementation of the plans for the Hung Shui Kiu New Development Area as a regional hub in the North West New Territories to complement the new towns of Tin Shui Wai, Yuen Long and Tuen Mun, providing housing, employment opportunities and civic facilities; and
    • press ahead with the implementation of the plans for deserted or damaged agricultural land and rural-based industrial sites in Yuen Long South as an extension to the Yuen Long New Town to meet housing and other development needs and improve the local rural environment. (DEVB)
  • Continue to implement the recommendations of the study on the long-term strategy of cavern development, including the technical study on underground quarrying for cavern development, and identify suitable strategic cavern development areas for carrying out planning and engineering feasibility studies. (DEVB)
  • Carry out a strategic study to explore the preliminary feasibility of reclamation at the southern part of the Central Waters. The proposed reclamation will help create the necessary conditions for future development which mainly rely on marine transport. (DEVB) (New Initiative)

 

Developing Land Resources: Developing and Conserving Lantau (P. 85-86)

  • Continue to take forward near-shore reclamation projects, including progressive conduct of district consultation and planning and engineering studies for Ma Liu Shui and Lung Kwu Tan reclamation; and planning and engineering study for Sunny Bay reclamation; and completion of technical study for Siu Ho Wan reclamation on Lantau Island. In particular, the Ma Liu Shui reclamation study will take into account the planning of the adjoining site vacated after relocation of the Sha Tin Sewage Treatment Works to caverns, with a view to providing land for development of high technology and knowledge-based industries, housing and other uses. (DEVB)
  • Continue to take forward the development project at Siu Ho Wan Depot Site and continue to actively explore in collaboration with the MTR Corporation Limited (MTRCL) the development potential of other stations and railway-related sites along existing and future rail lines. (DEVB)

 

Housing Policy: Building Maintenance and Urban Renewal (P. 94)

  • Launch “Operation Building Bright 2.0” to subsidise owneroccupiers for undertaking rehabilitation works in respect of aged buildings in need of repair. In parallel, subsidise eligible owners to strengthen the fire safety measures for old composite buildings for compliance with the requirements of Fire Safety (Buildings) Ordinance (Cap. 572). (DEVB/SB) (New Initiative)

 

Housing Policy: Enhancing Building Safety (P. 96)

  • Conduct a consultancy study on the formulation of a set of design standards for seismic-resistant buildings, with a view to further enhancing building safety in Hong Kong. (DEVB)

 

Transportation: Strategic Studies on Railways and Major Roads (P. 96)

  • Subject to approval of funding by the Legislative Council, the Government will take forward the Strategic Studies on Railways and Major Roads Beyond 2030 according to the planning directions for Hong Kong beyond 2030, so that the planning of major transport infrastructure can complement the needs arising from the overall long-term land development of Hong Kong. (THB)

 

Transportation: Taking Forward Transport Infrastructure Projects (P. 99-100)

  • In view of the social and economic development of Hong Kong, as well as the changes in traffic demand, we will take forward transport infrastructure projects to enhance local transport network in a timely manner. Road projects under planning and requiring prompt implementation include Cross Bay Link (CBL), Tseung Kwan O (TKO) and the widening of Tai Po Road (Sha Tin Section), which are set out as follows:
    • CBL, TKO: the proposed CBL at TKO will connect the Tseung Kwan O-Lam Tin Tunnel (TKO-LTT) (currently under construction) in the west and Wan Po Road near LOHAS Park in the east. If CBL is not provided upon the commissioning of TKO-LTT, the traffic from the tunnel portal of TKO-LTT to Area 86 and TKO Industrial Estate will have to go through Po Yap Road and many signal-controlled junctions, causing traffic congestion in the vicinity of TKO Town Centre.
    • Widening of Tai Po Road (Sha Tin Section): Tai Po Road (Sha Tin Section) is an important primary distributor road linking the Northeast New Territories with West Kowloon (through Tsing Sha Highway) and Tsuen Wan (through Shing Mun Tunnel). At present, traffic congestion frequently occurs at Tai Po Road (Sha Tin Section) between Sha Tin Rural Committee Road and Fo Tan Road during peak hours. Therefore, we propose to implement the Widening of Tai Po Road (Sha Tin Section) project to meet traffic demand. (THB) (New Initiative) 99 Home Ownership, Liveable City
    • Implement the Central Kowloon Route (CKR) project, which will link the Yau Ma Tei Interchange in West Kowloon with Kowloon Bay and the Kai Tak Development in East Kowloon. It will enhance the capacity of major east-west road corridors in Kowloon, thus relieving traffic congestion and meeting future traffic demands. Upon the commissioning of CKR, the journey time between West Kowloon and Kowloon Bay via CKR will be around five minutes during rush hours, about 25 minutes less compared with current journey time. (THB)
    • In view of the long-term developments in Northwest New Territories, including the proposed Hung Shui Kiu New Development Area and Yuen Long South development, we need a new strategic route (Route 11) to connect Northwest New Territories and the urban areas to cope with the increase in traffic demand. At the same time, we need to improve the “external connectivity” of Lantau and the airport island. The Route 11 will provide a third strategic access to Lantau on top of Tsing Ma Bridge and Tuen Mun-Chek Lap Kok Link, thus enhancing the robustness of the road network connecting to the airport. Subject to approval of funding by the Legislative Council, the Government will conduct a feasibility study on Route 11 to link up North Lantau and Yuen Long. (THB)

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