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Draft Tai O Fringe Outline Zoning Plan approved

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

     "The approved OZP provides a statutory land use planning framework to guide the development and redevelopment within the Tai O Fringe area," a spokesman for the Town Planning Board said today (October 3).

     The Planning Scheme Area, covering an area of about 186.62 hectares, is bounded by the Lantau North Country Park in the east and south, and natural coastline in the north and west. It includes a major part of Tai O Island which is separated by Tai O River from Lantau Island.

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

     About 6.57 hectares of land are zoned "Village Type Development" to reflect existing recognised and other villages, and to provide land considered suitable for village expansion and reprovisioning of village houses affected by Government projects.

     A total of about 3.8 hectares of land are zoned "Government, Institution or Community" to provide government, institution or community facilities serving the needs of local residents and/or a wider district, region or the territory. It is also intended to provide land for uses directly related to or in support of the work of the Government, organisations providing social services to meet community needs, and other institutional establishments.

     About 0.75 hectares of land is zoned "Open Space" to provide outdoor open-air space for active and/or passive recreational uses serving the needs of local residents as well as the general public.

     A total of about 3.25 hectares of land are zoned "Other Specified Uses" for specific annotated uses including military use, cemetery and sewage treatment works.

     Part of an area to the east of Sun Ki Street, with an area of about 1.16 hectares, is zoned "Undetermined" pending finalisation of the Study on Restoration of Disused Salt Pans in Tai O. It is intended to be a "Salt Panning Demonstration Area" to promote heritage education and visitor attractions of Tai O.

     To define the limits of development areas by natural features and to preserve the existing topography and natural vegetation as well as to provide passive recreational outlets, about 124.47 hectares of land are zoned "Green Belt". It mainly includes areas covered with fallow agricultural land, hillslopes, natural vegetations and small streams. Areas adjoining Leung Uk Tsuen and traditional burial grounds on the hillslopes of Fu Shan, Wang Hang and Nam Chung are within this zone.

     About 36.58 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. Patches of woodland in Po Chue Tam, an extensive area to the east of Sun Ki Street, an area to the east of Lung Tin Estate, an area at Leung Uk Tsuen, the area along Tai O River next to Hang Mei and the Tai O Mangrove Replanting Area to the west of the Tai O reedbed are within this zone.

     About 6.71 hectares of land are zoned "Coastal Protection Area" to conserve, protect and retain the natural coastlines and the sensitive coastal natural environment, with a minimum of built development. It covers a long strip of coastline to the north of Tai O Island and a coastal strip to the east of Po Chue Tam.

     The approved Tai O Fringe OZP No. S/I-TOF/2 is now available for public inspection during office hours at the Secretariat of the Town Planning Board, the Planning Enquiry Counters of the Planning Department in North Point and Sha Tin, the Sai Kung and Islands District Planning Office, the Islands District Office and the Tai O 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 OZP can be viewed at the Town Planning Board's website (

Ends/Friday, October 3, 2014
Issued at HKT 16:01


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