Draft Tai Tam & Shek O Outline Zoning Plan approved

    The Chief Executive in Council has approved the draft Tai Tam & Shek O Outline Zoning Plan (OZP).

    "The approved OZP is to establish a statutory land use framework to guide development and redevelopment in the Tai Tam & Shek O area," a spokesman for the Town Planning Board said today (May 16).

    The Planning Scheme Area of the Tai Tam & Shek O OZP covers an area of about 1,119 hectares.  It is bounded by Tai Tam Country Park to the west, Chai Wan to the north, Tai Tam Bay to the south, and Big Wave Bay and Island Bay to the east.  The area is relatively undeveloped except along the section of Tai Tam Road north of Stanley, the Red Hill area and Shek O.  The area has a high amenity value and is a very important recreational area in Hong Kong. 

    Most residential developments within the area are zoned "Residential (Group C)" ("R(C)") covering about 31 hectares of land.  The "R(C)" zone is further divided into six sub-areas, each with its own height restriction.  Two existing medium-density residential developments at Tai Tam Road near the American Recreation Club are zoned "Residential (Group B)" covering about  three hectares of land.  Developments within these two zones are subject to plot ratio and site coverage restrictions to preserve public view, existing character of the area as well as to avoid overtaxing the limited road capacity and utility services. 

    The Shek O Village, covering about two hectares, is zoned "Village Type Development" ("V").  To ensure that future development or redevelopment within the Shek O Village would be compatible with the existing character of the area, a building height restriction is imposed for the "V" zone.

    To serve the local residents in the immediate neighbourhood, a small site near the junction of Pak Pat Shan Road and Tai Tam Road, which is a shopping centre, is zoned "Commercial" with an area of 0.2 hectare.

    A total of about 14 hectares of land, mainly concentrated in the Shek O Village and north of Red Hill, is zoned "Government, Institution or Community" ("G/IC") to serve the needs of the local residents and/or a wider district, region or territory.  They include a health centre, a hostel of the Boy Scouts Association of Hong Kong, and the Hong Kong International School.

    About eight hectares of land is zoned "Open Space" to provide outdoor open-air space for active and passive recreational uses for the local residents as well as general public.  Existing major open spaces include Turtle Cove Beach, Big Wave Bay Beach, Shek O Beach, Rocky Bay Beach and the Shek O Obstacle Golf Course.

    Sites allocated for various specific uses are zoned "Other Specified Uses" ("OU") and cover about 52 hectares of land.  They include the Shek O Country Club, the American Recreation Club, and the Radio Communication Station at Cape D'Aguilar.  Developments within the Shek O Country Club and the American Recreation Club are subject to building height restriction.

    As the future use of the Shek O Quarry site is subject to further detailed study, the site (about 35 hectares) is zoned "Undetermined" ("U").  All proposed developments within the "U" zone require planning permission from the Board to ensure that any interim development will not jeopardise the future planning and development of the site.

    In order to conserve and retain the natural coastlines and the sensitive coastal natural environment in the Area, undeveloped coastal areas mainly below the 20-metre contour, including the coastal areas around Tai Tam Bay, Tai Tam Harbour, Cape D'Aguilar, Lap Sap Wan, Island Bay, Shek O Wan, Tai Tau Chau, Ng Fan Chau and Big Wave Bay are zoned "Coastal Protection Area".  They cover about 51 hectares. 

    About 14 hectares of land at Tai Tam Harbour (Inner Bay) and Cape D'Aguilar (Hok Tsui) is of special scientific interest and  is zoned "Site of Special Scientific Interest".  The areas adjoining the Country Park and some other vegetated hilly areas of about 289 hectares are zoned "Green Belt", to conserve the natural environment, safeguard it from encroachment by urban-type development, and provide additional outlets for passive recreational activities.  About 591 hectares of land is zoned "Country Park" covering the Shek O Country Park which occupies nearly half of the area.

    The approved Tai Tam & Shek O OZP No. S/H18/10 is now available for public inspection during office hours at the Secretariat of the Town Planning Board, the Planning Enquiry Counters in North Point and Sha Tin, the Hong Kong District Planning Office and the Southern District Office.

    Copies of the approved OZP are available for sale at Map Publications Centres in North Point and Yau Ma Tei.  The electronic version of the plan can be viewed at the Town Planning Board¡¦s website (http://www.info.gov.hk/tpb).

Ends/Friday, May 16, 2008
Issued at HKT 14:50