Draft North Point Outline Zoning Plan approved

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

     "The approved OZP provides a statutory land use planning framework to guide development and redevelopment in the North Point area," a spokesman for the Town Planning Board said today (August 25).

     The planning scheme area covers about 277 hectares in the northern part of Hong Kong Island. It includes the new reclamation for the Central-Wan Chai Bypass as well as the existing built-up area along the harbourfront and the well-wooded slopes rising to Sir Cecil's Ride in the south. The area is also bounded by Hing Fat Street, Gloucester Road and Wun Sha Street to the west, and Mansion Street, Java Road and Hoi Yu Street to the east.

     About 47.9 hectares are zoned "Residential (Group A)", "Residential (Group B)" and "Residential (Group C)" for high-density, medium-density and low-density residential developments respectively.

     About 0.4 hectares, covering four industrial buildings on King's Road and Tsat Tsz Mui Road, is zoned "Residential (Group E)" to encourage the phasing out of the existing industrial uses through redevelopment (or conversion) for residential use on application to the Board.

     About 19.3 hectares are zoned "Commercial/Residential" to reflect the general character of the existing developments. About 4.6 hectares are zoned "Commercial" for uses such as office, shop, services, place of entertainment, eating place, hotel and commercial/shopping centre.

     About 6.3 hectares are zoned "Comprehensive Development Area" ("CDA") of which three sites on Oil Street are intended for comprehensive developments including residential, commercial, and/or leisure and tourism-related uses with open space. The "CDA" site on Kai Yuen Street is primarily intended for residential development with road improvement while another "CDA" site at the former North Point Estate site is intended for comprehensive development including residential and/or commercial uses with open space, government, institution or community facilities and public transport facilities.

     A total of 27.5 hectares are zoned "Government, Institution or Community" to serve local and district needs. A further 34.4 hectares of land are zoned "Open Space" to provide outdoor open-air space for both active and/or passive recreational uses. This covers Victoria Park and Choi Sai Woo Park. A major open space will also be provided at the newly reclaimed land for the Central-Wan Chai Bypass project.

     About 87.9 hectares of well-wooded hill slopes, which form a green backdrop to North Point, are zoned "Green Belt" to promote conservation of the natural environment.

     Specific building height restrictions are imposed for various development zones to provide better control of the building height profile, to preserve views to the ridgelines and to improve air ventilation within the area.

     The approved North Point OZP No. S/H8/26 is now available for public inspection during office hours at the Secretariat of the Board, the Planning Enquiry Counters in North Point and Sha Tin, the Hong Kong District Planning Office, the Eastern District Office, and the Wan Chai District Office.

     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, August 25, 2017
Issued at HKT 16:00