Draft Tsing Yi OZP approved

    The Chief Executive-in-Council has approved the draft Tsing Yi Outline Zoning Plan (OZP).

     "The approved OZP provides a statutory land use planning framework to guide the development and redevelopment within the Tsing Yi area," a spokesman for the Town Planning Board said today (October 27).

     The Planning Scheme Area of the OZP covers the entire Tsing Yi Island which is about 1,067 hectares.

     About 2.5 hectares of land located in Area 22 to the north-west of the Container Terminal No. 9 (CT-9) is zoned "Commercial" ("C").  This zone is restricted to a maximum non-domestic plot ratio of 9.5.

     About 98.1 hectares of land is zoned "Residential (Group A)" intended for high-density residential developments.  This zoning covers most of the existing private and public residential developments in the area.  About 2.9 hectares of land is zoned "Residential (Group B)" covering the medium-density residential development known as Mount Haven at Liu To.

     About 17.3 hectares of land is zoned "Village Type Development", including area to resite village houses affected by Government projects.  Except for the St Paul's and the Fisherman Villages in Area 2 and the Lutheran Village in Area 4, all the villages in Tsing Yi are village resites.

     About 147.9 hectares of land is zoned "Industrial".  Industrial land along the southern and western coast has been developed for dockyards, boatyards and oil storage which require direct marine access.  In addition, there are chemical industries on the southern part of Tsing Yi.

     About 43.7 hectares of land is zoned "Government, Institution or Community" for the provision of a wide range of facilities to meet the needs of Tsing Yi residents.  Existing facilities include a divisional police station, an ambulance depot, clinics, fire stations, schools, a technical institute, indoor recreation centres, a swimming pool complex and waterworks installations.  A site has also been reserved for an indoor recreation centre.

     About 47.6 hectares of land is zoned "Open Space" for the provision of outdoor open-air public space for active and passive recreational uses.  This zone comprises a town park in Area 2, a waterfront promenade running along the coast of Area 3 in the east to Area 8 in the north, and land reserved for the development of a district open space to the west of Ching Tai Court and Cheung On Estate.  

     About 180 hectares of land is zoned "Other Specified Uses" ("OU") for specific uses including mainly the CT-9 development and back-up areas, land reserved for container-related uses, marine-related uses, boatyards and marine-oriented industrial uses, recreation and tourism related development and a viewing platform for the Lantau Link.  It also includes the "OU" annotated "Business" zone at the Tsing Yi Industrial Area.

     About 423.5 hectares of land is zoned "Green Belt" which mainly covers steep hillsides not suitable for urban development.  It also serves the purpose of protecting the existing ridgeline which provides physical barriers separating the oil depots in the south and west of Tsing Yi from residential developments in the northeast.

     About 1.1 hectares of land is zoned "Site of Special Scientific Interest" ("SSSI") which covers the South Tsing Yi SSSI.  It is a steep slope of woodland harbouring a population of Hong Kong Croton which is endemic to Hong Kong.

     The approved Tsing Yi OZP No. S/TY/22 is now available for public inspection during normal office hours at the Secretariat of the Board, the Planning Enquiry Counters in North Point and Sha Tin, the Tsuen Wan and West Kowloon District Planning Office and the Kwai Tsing District Office.

     Copies of the approved plan are available for sale at the Map Publications Centres in North Point and Yau Ma Tei.  The plan is viewable at the Town Planning Board's website (http://www.info.gov.hk/tpb).

Ends/Friday, October 27, 2006
Issued at HKT 15:15