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Draft Ma On Shan Outline Zoning Plan approved

     The Chief Executive in Council has approved the draft Ma On Shan Outline Zoning Plan (OZP).

     "The approved OZP is to establish a statutory land use planning framework to guide the development and redevelopment in the Ma On Shan area," a spokesman for the Town Planning Board (the Board) said today (June 11).

     The Planning Scheme Area, covering about 814 hectares of land, is located in the eastern New Territories along the southern shore of Tolo Harbour.  To the south and east, it is bounded by the Ma On Shan Country Park, and to the north and west, by Tolo Harbour and Sha Tin Hoi (Tide Cove) respectively.

     To meet public aspirations for clearer planning control on the development intensity and building height of the urban areas, building height and/or plot ratio/gross floor area restrictions have been incorporated into most of the development zones. In view of the topography of the Ma On Shan Area, different height bands are proposed to rise progressively from the waterfront to the inland area and to fall progressively from the town centre and the western and eastern gateway nodes to respect the distinct urban form of the new town.

     To improve the air ventilation of Ma On Shan area, three strips of "non-building areas" and three strips of land subject to a maximum building height restriction of two storeys have also been designated.

     Being part of the Sha Tin New Town, a large portion of Ma On Shan area is zoned "Residential (Group A)", "Residential (Group B)" and "Residential (Group C)" covering about 78.5 hectares, 22.3 hectares and 10.6 hectares of land respectively.

     A total of 36.3 hectares of land is zoned "Comprehensive Development Area" ("CDA"), including 23.6 hectares for the Whitehead headland intended for recreational or recreational cum residential development.  Another 12.7 hectares of land is zoned "CDA(1)" near Lok Wo Sha for medium density residential and commercial development to be developed in comprehensive manner.

     About 0.5 hectares of land on the northern side of Sai Sha Road is zoned "Commercial" for commercial development to serve the local population.

     To designate land for development of Small Houses by indigenous villagers, some 30.9 hectares of land is zoned "Village Type Development".

     To serve the needs of the local as well as district population, a total of 65.4 hectares of land is zoned "Government, Institution or Community" ("G/IC").  Major existing GIC facilities include Wu Kai Sha Youth Village, Li Po Chun United World College, a holiday centre for the elderly and a regional police headquarters.

     In addition, a total of 40.1 hectares of land is zoned "Open Space" for active and passive recreational uses.

     Some 12.9 hectares of land is zoned "Other Specified Uses" ("OU") for specific uses which include a railway station and public transport interchange with commercial/residential development, the Ma On Shan Water Treatment Works, three petrol-filling stations, two piers, a proposed hotel development and a site at Nai Chung for educational and recreational development.

     An area of 2.5 hectares in Nai Chung is zoned "Site of Special Scientific Interest" to conserve and protect features of geological interest.  

     Another 11.9 hectares along the coastal areas in the eastern and western parts of the Whitehead headland, Starfish Bay and To Tau is zoned "Conservation Area" to protect and retain the existing natural landscape, ecological, topographical or archaeological features of the area.

     About 406.8 hectares of land covering mainly hill slopes and wooded knolls is zoned "Green Belt" for defining the limits of urban and sub-urban development area.

     The approved Ma On Shan OZP No. S/MOS/16 is now available for public inspection during office hours at the Secretariat of the Board, the Sha Tin, Tai Po and North District Planning Office, the Sha Tin District Office (including the Ma On Shan Sub-office), the Sha Tin Rural Committee, the Tai Po District Office, the Tai Po Rural Committee and the Sai Kung North Rural Committee.

     Copies of the approved 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 Board's website (

Ends/Friday, June 11, 2010
Issued at HKT 16:16


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