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Draft Sham Chung Outline Zoning Plan published

     The Town Planning Board today (January 23) announced the publication of the new draft Outline Zoning Plan (OZP) for the Sham Chung area.

     The draft OZP covers a total area of about 32 hectares.  It is located in the northwest of Sai Kung, separated from Three Fathoms Cove (Kei Ling Ha Hoi) in the west, and bounded by the Sai Kung West Country Park in the north, east and south.  Further south of the area is Yung Shue O Village.  Shap Sz Heung lies opposite Three Fathoms Cove.  

     The general planning intention of the OZP is to conserve the areas of high ecological significance, to protect the rural character as well as to maintain the unique landscape and cultural heritage of the area.  To preserve the rights of indigenous villagers and their heritage, land is also reserved for their Small House development.

     A total of about 2.6 hectares of land are zoned ¡§Village Type Development¡¨ to cover the recognised Sham Chung Village and areas of land suitable for village expansion.  Land has been reserved within the zone to cope with the estimated future Small House demand.

     About 8.3 hectares of low-lying flat land in the middle part of the area are zoned ¡§Agriculture¡¨ to retain fallow arable land for cultivation and other agricultural purposes and to encourage ecological restoration.  

     To define the limit of development areas by natural features as well as to provide passive recreational outlets, about 2.7 hectares of land are zoned ¡§Green Belt¡¨.  This zone mainly includes areas subject to natural terrain hazards and is now occupied by existing ruins, vacant structures as well as natural vegetation and slopes.

     About 16.1 hectares of land are zoned ¡§Conservation Area¡¨ to protect and retain the existing natural landscape, ecological or topographical features of the area for conservation, educational and research purposes, and to separate sensitive natural environment such as country park from the adverse effects of development.

     The remaining 2.6 hectares of land at the western end are zoned ¡§Coastal Protection Area¡¨ to protect and retain the coastlines and the sensitive coastal environment which contains three species of mangroves.

     The draft Sham Chung OZP No. S/NE-SC/1 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 Sha Tin, Tai Po and North District Planning Office, the Tai Po District Office, and the Sai Kung North Rural Committee.

     Copies of the draft OZP 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 at the Town Planning Board¡¦s website at

Ends/Friday, January 23, 2009
Issued at HKT 16:00


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