Land Use

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

When working on land supply plans, mainland local governments make generating taxable economic activity and jobs a priority. Photo: EPA

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 four structures on the Central waterfront promenade which will be handed over to the PLA to serve as its berth. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

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

Nicholas Brooke, Harbourfront Commission chairman. Photo: Edward Wong

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

Lee Wai Lee campus

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

Students of Hong Kong Baptist University protest at North Point Government Building during Town Planning Board's meeting on the land usage on former Lee Wai Lee Technical Institute. Photo: Edward Wong

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

City streets do not have to be so brightly lit. Photo: EPA

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's seating area was blocked by the Lands Department, which said it took action over unauthorised structures. Photo: David Wong

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

Tung Chung is too far for shoppers. Photo: Bloomberg

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

Baptist University Vice-Chancellor Professor Albert Chan (middle), at yesterday's student union rally outside the Legislative Council.

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

Baptist University plans action to fight flats by Kowloon Tong campus

About 50 students and lecturers protest against plans to build flats near the Baptist University campus. Photo: David Wong

Alumni and students of Baptist University have threatened action to oppose the government's plan to sell a site next to its campus, to build flats. They are considering boycotting classes and seeking a judicial review into the government's conduct. Yesterday, about 100 students and lecturers protested, displaying placards with slogans reading, "oppose the government changing the land use" and "support the long-term development of Baptist University".

2 Mar 2013 - 5:20am

Vast land resources not being utilised

Opening up New Territories can solve housing problems. Photo: Nora Tam

The government should pay serious attention to your editorial ("Housing needs wiser land use", January 10), which advanced useful, innovative ideas towards solving Hong Kong's problem of a shortage of land for housing development. As you correctly pointed out, the problem is the government's failure to make proper use of our vast land resources in the New Territories.

16 Jan 2013 - 2:34am

Supreme Court to hear challenge to states' land-use fees

Coy Koontz Snr had a plan when he bought six hectares east of Orlando, in the state of Florida. It did not include having his son end up at the US Supreme Court.

16 Jan 2013 - 5:19am

District councillors and residents oppose housing plans

A grave at Cha Kwo Ling, one area that may be developed.

A government plan to rezone land for housing use yesterday ran into opposition from communities and a member of the Executive Council, despite the chief executive's calls for support.

9 Jan 2013 - 5:17am 1 comment

Developer that bought Union Hospital site wanted to build flats

Union Hospital (left) in Sha Tin. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

A plot of government land in Sha Tin that was slated for private hospital development landed in the hands of a group of merchants and bankers in 1982 and control was later transferred to tycoon Li Ka-shing and his affiliates, official documents show.

17 Nov 2012 - 4:23am 3 comments