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Draft Lok Ma Chau Loop Outline Zoning Plan Approved
     The Chief Executive in Council has approved the draft Lok Ma Chau Loop Outline Zoning Plan (OZP).
     "The approved OZP provides a statutory land use planning framework to guide the development and redevelopment in the Lok Ma Chau Loop area," a spokesman for the Town Planning Board said today (February 9).
     The Planning Scheme Area (the Area) of the OZP, covering about 104 hectares, is located in a transition zone between the highly urbanised commercial/residential development in Shenzhen and the rural hinterland of Hong Kong. It is bounded by the bank of Shenzhen River in the northwest, fishponds of Hoo Hok Wai in the northeast, Lok Ma Chau and Tai Law Hau in the south, the Lok Ma Chau Control Point and the Lok Ma Chau Spur Line Control Point in the southwest, and the Mai Po Nature Reserve further southwest.
     Two sites with a total area of about 1.23 hectares are zoned "Commercial" in the northern part of the Area for commercial developments.
     Four sites with a total of about 3.95 hectares of land are zoned "Government, Institution or Community" for the development of two electricity substations, two district cooling systems, possible boundary crossing facilities, police facilities and a sub-divisional fire station cum ambulance depot.
     A total of about 18.18 hectares of land are zoned "Open Space" to provide outdoor open-air public space for active and/or passive recreational uses.
     The "Other Specified Uses" zones, with a total area of about 53.49 hectares, are allocated for specific development(s) and/or uses including research and development, education and cultural and creative industries, ecological area and sewage treatment works.
     A total of about 16.34 hectares are zoned "Conservation Area" to protect and retain the existing natural landscape and ecological features of the Old Shenzhen River Meander and the associated riparian vegetation.
     The approved Lok Ma Chau Loop OZP No. S/LMCL/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 Fanling, Sheung Shui and Yuen Long East District Planning Office; the Yuen Long District Office; the North District Office; the San Tin Rural Committee; and the Sheung Shui District 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 9, 2018
Issued at HKT 16:00
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