Town Planning Board Guidelines revised

    The Town Planning Board (the Board) today (June 23) promulgated a set of revised guidelines.  

     The board's Guidelines on submission and publication of representations, comments on representations and further representations under the Town Planning Ordinance (TPO) have been revised to add a new paragraph 8 on arrangement for notification of the Board's decision on Development Scheme Plan (DSP) submitted by the Urban Renewal Authority (URA).
     "In general, notification of the board's decision will be made after confirmation of the minutes, normally two weeks after the meeting.  Shortly after each meeting, the board's spokesman will meet the media to explain the decision taken by the board that day and a gist of the decision will be uploaded to the board's website on the same day," a spokesman for the Board said.

     "In view of the sensitive nature of DSP, the board will not release its decision on DSP until the DSP is exhibited under the TPO which would normally be three to four weeks after the date of meeting.  This is necessary to allow time for follow-up actions should amendments to the DSP boundary be made.  The same procedure applies to the board's consideration of the representations/comments/further representations on DSP," the spokesman said.

     "For DSP with no amendment after the board's consideration, the board's decision will also be released three to four weeks after the meetings concerned."

     Before the board's decision is released, the gist of the decision and the confirmed minutes in respect of DSP will not be uploaded to the board's website.  Neither will verbal advice nor interim replies to written questions about the Board's decision be given.  

     The revised guidelines (TPB PG-No. 29A) are now available at the Secretariat of the Board at 15/F, North Point Government Offices, 333 Java Road, North Point (Tel: 2231 4810 or 2231 4835) and the Board's website (

     Any enquiries on the board's Guidelines may be addressed to the Secretariat of the Board at the above address or by email (, or to the Planning Enquiry Counters of the Planning Department (Hotline: 2231 5000 and email: at 17/F., North Point Government Offices and 14/F, Sha Tin Government Offices, 1 Sheung Wo Che Road, Sha Tin.

Ends/Friday, June 23, 2006
Issued at HKT 15:30