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Draft Tin Shui Wai Outline Zoning Plan approved

     The Chief Executive-in-Council has approved the draft Tin Shui Wai Outline Zoning Plan (OZP).

     "The approved OZP provides a statutory land use planning framework to guide the development and redevelopment within the Tin Shui Wai area," a spokesman for the Town Planning Board (the Board) said today (September 12).

     The Tin Shui Wai area, covering an area of about 430 hectares, is located in the north-western part of the North West New Territories.  It is bounded by the Inner Deep Bay Site of Special Scientific Interest and Tin Tsz Road to the east and north-east, Mong Tseng Tsuen and Mong Tseng Wai to the north, Sha Kong Wai and Tin Ying Road to the west, and Kiu Tau Wai and Sheung Cheung Wai to the south.  

     About three hectares of land in Areas 20, 23 and 108A is zoned "Commercial" which is intended primarily for commercial developments.

     Two sites in Areas 112 and 115 with a total area of about 14 hectares are designated "Comprehensive Development Area" ("CDA") which are intended for comprehensive lower density developments. Developments within the "CDA" zone have to adopt a stepped-height principle and take into account their proximity to the adjacent Hong Kong Wetland Park (HKWP) Special Area and conservation areas as well as the landscape character and infrastructural capacities of the surrounding areas.  

     About 102 hectares of land is zoned "Residential (Group A)" for high-density residential developments. Sites intended for medium-density residential developments are zoned "Residential (Group B)", totalling about 38 hectares.

     A site with an area of about two hectares in Area 33 is zoned "Undetermined" to allow the Board to maintain control over a previously approved scheme for a residential development with Government, institution or community (GIC) uses, market and public car park.   

     To serve the needs of the local residents and/or the wider area, about 28 hectares of land is zoned "Government, Institution or Community" to provide for a wide range of GIC facilities.

     Some 43 hectares of land is zoned "Open Space" ("O") and "O(1)".  The "O" zone is intended primarily for the provision of outdoor open-air public space for active and/or passive recreational uses whereas the "O(1)" zone is intended for passive recreational uses.  Within the "O(1)" zone, the existing ponds will be preserved as landscape features and no filling of ponds is allowed.

     About seven hectares of land is zoned "Other Specified Uses" to provide for specific uses such as sewage pumping station, electric sub-station, telephone exchange, bus depot and the like.

     About 62 hectares of land covering the HKWP Special Area is zoned "Country Park" whereas some four hectares of land is zoned "Conservation Area" to protect and retain the existing natural landscape, ecological or topographical features of the area.  

     The approved Tin Shui Wai OZP No. S/TSW/12 is now available for public inspection during normal office hours at the Secretariat of the Town Planning Board, the Planning Enquiry Counters of Planning Department, the Tuen Mun and Yuen Long District Planning Office, the Yuen Long District Office and the Ping Shan Rural Committee.

     Copies of the approved plan are available for sale at the Map Publications Centres in North Point and Yau Ma Tei.  The electronic version of the plan can be viewed on the Town Planning Board's website at

Ends/Friday, September 12, 2008
Issued at HKT 15:00


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