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Land Use

Local officials' obsession with GDP growth hinders better land use efficiency in China

Local government officials need to tone down their obsession with economic growth if China’s efforts to improve land use efficiency are to succeed, industry analysts said.

Thursday, 9 January, 2014, 11:32pm

PLA dock rezoning plan leaves too may questions unanswered

The government has left many questions unanswered in its insistence on rezoning the People's Liberation Army berth on the Central waterfront as a military site, a change from its previous status as public open space.

20 May 2013 - 5:27am

Fears over access to Central coastline

Harbourfront Commission members have expressed concern over public access to the new Central coastline which will be split by a military berth.

3 May 2013 - 5:40am

Town Planning Board no lapdog

When I listened to the Town Planning Board discussion on the rezoning of the site of the former Lee Wai Lee campus, on January 25, I found that despite many board members having great reservations about the rezoning from government, institution and community (GIC) to residential use, the decision by the chairman in the end was nevertheless to proceed with a public consultation, without seeking a vote by the members in attendance.

25 Apr 2013 - 3:03am

Planning watchdog on a tight leash

Is the Town Planning Board a watchdog or a lapdog for the government? If you read the relevant ordinance, it is tasked with looking after the health, safety, convenience and general welfare of the public; more specifically, the use and development of land in the way it may affect communities and neighbourhoods.

17 Apr 2013 - 3:25am 3 comments

Letters to the Editor, March 27, 2013

The Hong Kong Baptist University community has raised strong objections to the rezoning of the neighbouring former Lee Wai Lee site for residential use.

27 Mar 2013 - 3:09am

Anger as government fences off popular Sai Kung beachfront bistro

The Oriental Restaurant and Bar at Sai Wan, a coastal enclave that lies just outside the boundaries of the Sai Kung East Country Park, has been a favourite spot for hikers and campers. Owner and customers are furious that the Lands Department has fenced off 80 per cent of its beachfront seating area without any warning.

24 Mar 2013 - 5:40am 4 comments

Letters to the Editor, March 20, 2013

I would like to clarify the government's stance regarding public access to private sports clubs and other facilities on sites that are operated under private recreational leases.

20 Mar 2013 - 3:11am 3 comments

University gains Legco support over land use

The government's bid to rezone a prime education site for housing encountered another hurdle yesterday when a Legislative Council panel objected to the plan. Legco's education panel has urged the government to withdraw its plan to convert the 1.52-hectare site into luxury flats, and instead to keep the site for education.

12 Mar 2013 - 4:24am 1 comment

2 community sites in Sai Kung to be used for flats, town planners say

The land, located near the Sai Kung town centre, is to be converted from community use to housing. Both sites combined are expected to yield almost 380 public flats.

9 Mar 2013 - 5:03am