Draft Hoi Ha Outline Zoning Plan approved

     The Chief Executive in Council has approved the draft Hoi Ha Outline Zoning Plan (OZP).

     "The approved OZP provides a statutory land use planning framework to guide the development and redevelopment within the Hoi Ha area," a spokesman for the Town Planning Board (the Board) said today (February 13).

     The planning scheme area, covering a total area of about 8.45 hectares, is located on the northern coast of Sai Kung peninsula. It is encircled by Sai Kung West Country Park on three sides, with the remaining side fronting the scenic Hoi Ha Wan, which is a designated Marine Park as well as a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

     The general planning intention for the area is to conserve its natural landscape and conservation value, to protect its natural, rural character and its cultural heritage, and to make provision for future Small House development for the indigenous village of Hoi Ha.  

     A total of 1.95 hectares of land is zoned "Village Type Development" to designate both existing recognised villages and areas of land considered suitable for village expansion, and to concentrate village type development for a more orderly development pattern, efficient use of land and provision of infrastructures and services.

     About 0.01 hectare of land is zoned "Government, Institution or Community" to provide government, institution or community facilities serving the needs of the local residents and 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 0.03 hectares of land is zoned "Other Specified Uses" annotated "Water Sports Recreation Centre" to reflect the existing use of the land at the western part of the area currently occupied by a water sports recreation centre, the Tolo Adventure Centre, to the north of Hoi Ha Road.

     A total of 1.30 hectares of land is zoned "Green Belt(1)" to define the limits of urban and sub-urban development areas by natural features and to contain urban sprawl.  

     A total of 3.97 hectares of land is 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.

     About 0.98 hectares of land is zoned "Coastal Protection Area" to protect and retain the coastlines and the sensitive coastal environment, including attractive geological features, physical landform or area of high landscape, scenic or ecological significance, with a minimum of built development.

     The approved Hoi Ha OZP No. S/NE-HH/2 is now available for public inspection during office hours at the Secretariat of the Board, the Planning Enquiry Counters of the Planning Department 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 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 (www.info.gov.hk/tpb).

Ends/Friday, February 13, 2015
Issued at HKT 16:03