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Draft Tai Po Kau Outline Zoning Plan approved
     The Chief Executive in Council has approved the draft Tai Po Kau Outline Zoning Plan (OZP).
     "The approved OZP provides a statutory land use planning framework for the Tai Po Kau area," a spokesman for the Town Planning Board said today (January 19).
     The planning scheme area, covering a total land area of about 11.75 hectares, comprises two country park enclaves, namely a site near Ngau Wu Tok and a site near Tai Po Mei, and is encircled by the Tai Po Kau Nature Reserve (TPKNR) nestled between Sha Tin and Tai Po.
     The general planning intention of the Area is to protect its high conservation and landscape value which complements the overall naturalness and the landscape beauty of the surrounding TPKNR, which was designated as a Special Area comprising long-established forestry plantation.
     Forming an integral part of the wider natural environment of the Special Area, the whole area of about 11.75 hectares 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. This zone mainly covers mature woodlands which are ecologically linked with the surrounding TPKNR and where protected plant species could be found, a natural stream running across the site near Ngau Wu Tok and several natural streams flowing through the major portion of the site near Tai Po Mei with no sign of pollution.
     The approved Tai Po Kau OZP No. S/NE-TPK/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 Sha Tin District Office; the Tai Po District Office; the Sha Tin Rural Committee; and the Tai Po 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, January 19, 2018
Issued at HKT 16:00
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