Lantau Development Task Force
Pursuant to the 2004 Policy Address, the Lantau Development Task Force was set up to steer the economic and infrastructure development in Lantau. As a start, a Concept Plan for Lantau has been drawn up to ensure a balanced and co-ordinated planning approach for future development. We now sincerely invite you to give views on the Concept Plan to help plan Lantau.
New Land Use Needs
With the Hong Kong International Airport, the proposed landing of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge (HZMB) at the northwest shore, and anchorage of a world-class theme park at Penny's Bay, Lantau is well placed to strengthen Hong Kong's economic pillars of tourism and logistics developments. It would continue to play an important role in sustaining Hong Kong's development.
On the other hand, Lantau has been well recognized for its nature conservation and recreation value. A right balance of development and conservation is essential.
Shaping Future Lantau - the Concept Plan
Our planning vision is to promote sustainable development in Lantau by balancing development and conservation needs.
We aim to focus major economic infrastructure and urban development in North Lantau to optimise the use of the transport links and infrastructure, while protecting other parts of Lantau for nature conservation and environmentally sustainable recreation and visitor uses.
Development Themes & Proposals
Economic Infrastructure and Tourism
Additional economic infrastructure proposals are identified to enhance Hong Kong's economic competitiveness. Using Hong Kong Disneyland as an anchor for further tourism development in Lantau, a greater variety of attractions are proposed. These proposals would help strengthen Hong Kong's function as a regional, logistics and tourism hub. They include :
Cross Boundary Transport Hub for the HZMB at the western end of the Siu Ho Wan MTR depot site which would include a public transport interchange, park-and-ride facilities and a MTR station
Lantau Logistics Park at Siu Ho Wan to enhance Hong Kong's capability to provide 'one-stop' integrated logistics services, taking advantage of easy access to the airport, container port at Kwai Chung and HZMB
Leisure and Entertainment Node at Sunny Bay to complement the tourism uses in its vicinity. It may include entertainment, dining, fashionable stores, performance venues and indoor leisure and sports facilities
Possible Theme Park or Major Recreational Uses at Tung Chung East to achieve synergy with other tourism developments in Lantau
Golf Course cum Resort at Tsing Chau Tsai East to meet the strong demand for golf sports from business visitors
Resort Facilities at South Lantau to take advantage of its natural beaches, tranquil rural setting and different recreational amenities
Theme Attractions Based on Heritage, Local Character and Natural Landscape
These are proposed to harness the local attraction and recreation potential of rural Lantau while preserving the ecological, landscape and cultural heritage values. They are proposed also to help boost the local economy. They include :
Museum of Lantau and Eco-Tour Centre at Tung Chung to introduce Lantau's heritage, ecological resources and eco-tour spots
Facelift of Mui Wo to improve this traditional visitor gateway to South Lantau by rearranging existing land uses and upgrading facilities around Mui Wo ferry pier
Preservation of Tai O Fishing Village to protect the cultural heritage and natural attributes of the old fishing village and to enhance its visitor appeal
Cycle Track and Mountain Bike Trail Network, Watersports Centres and Boardwalks in South Lantau to enhance its recreation, sports and tourism potential
Maximising the Recreation Potential of Country Parks
The Country Parks share most of the areas of natural beauty in Lantau. Sustainable educational and recreation uses in harmony with the natural landscape are suitable in selected areas in and around the Country Parks. They include :
Comprehensive Network of Heritage Trails and Eco-trails to improve access to various points of cultural heritage and ecological interest in the countryside
High-quality Camping Sites with some basic shared facilities to enhance the attractiveness of the Country Parks to different age groups and provide visitors with a more diverse experience of Hong Kong's attraction
Meeting Nature Conservation Needs
The protection of uplands in Central Lantau and waters in Southwest Lantau as important conservation areas is an important basis for the overall planning.
The implementation of the Lantau North (Extension) Country Park and the Marine Park in South West Lantau would be a significant step to further enhance nature conservation in Lantau. The Government is considering the timing for implementing the proposals, taking into account the planned developments and resource availability
Other Nature Conservation Proposals include enhancing the protection of ecologically sensitive sites outside Country Parks including Tai Ho Stream, Tai Ho Valley, Tung Chung Stream and the significant wetlands in rural Lantau
The Concept Plan aims to provide an overall planning framework to meet different development needs. The proposals are conceptual, requiring detailed studies to confirm their feasibility, including the funding and implementation aspects.
Towards Sustainable Development
A preliminary sustainability assessment for the Concept Plan shows that the proposals should contribute positively to economic development of Hong Kong, more employment, investment and local business opportunities, more leisure and recreation outlets, and the protection of the natural habitats. It also identifies potential sustainability issues like environmental impacts, capacity of transport infrastructure, proposed reclamations, possible development pressure in South Lantau, social impacts on local community, as well as the overall cumulative impacts of all development projects under planning in Lantau. Further sustainability assessments will be conducted when the Government draws up the concrete details of the Concept Plan and undertakes further feasibility studies on the development projects selected for implementation, taking into account comments received in the public consultation.
We Look Forward to Receiving Your Views
A separate Consultation Digest elaborating on the Concept Plan and the planning vision, planning principles, development themes and proposals is also available from the Planning Department, Public Enquiry Services Centres of District Offices and the Planning Department website http://www.pland.gov.hk/lantau/index.html.
We welcome your views and suggestions. Please forward them before 28 February 2005 by :
writing to the Lantau Development Task Force
c/o Lantau and Islands District Planning Office, Planning Department,
15/F, Sha Tin Government Offices,
1 Sheung Wo Che Road, Sha Tin, New Territories
Fax No. : 2890 5194 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org ;
visiting the above website ; or
taking part in the public forums (details in the above website).
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