Town Planning Board

Rezoning delays could thwart government’s plans to boost land supply

A large crowd protests against plans to rezone a site at Baptist University for housing. Photo: Sam Tsang

The government has released 34 sites, enough for the building of 15,500 flats, in the upcoming programme. Twenty-one of the sites have not been rezoned for residential use.

Wednesday, 12 March, 2014, 6:12am 2 comments

Letters to the Editor, April 29, 2013

Green schemes are thriving in estates. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

The Housing Authority has in fact undertaken various waste recycling initiatives in recent years and is committed to reducing waste in its public housing estates through different waste recycling and education programmes.

29 Apr 2013 - 2:06am

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

Lawyers divided over Central harbourfront issues

The Military Transportation Centre in Catering Road West, Chek Lap Kok, is another area that is managed by the PLA. Photo: May Tse

Lawyers are divided on whether there will be law enforcement problems at the military berth on the newly reclaimed Central harbourfront that will be open to the public while being managed by the army.

24 Apr 2013 - 4:05am

Town Planning Board not 'obsequious'

Thomas Chow, chairman of Town Planning Board

I refer to Alex Lo's column ("Planning watchdog on a tight leash", April 17) in which various doubts over the Town Planning Board are raised. I am obliged to state the facts.

22 Apr 2013 - 1:58am

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

Reda slams Town Planning Board for tighter draft zoning plans

Benjamin Yu

The Real Estate Developers Association has accused the Town Planning Board of "micro-management" and failing to properly consider its views on four draft zoning plans. The association yesterday applied to the Court of First Instance for a judicial review of the draft plans.

19 Feb 2013 - 4:40am

10-year wait on harbourside homes to end

10-year wait on harbourside homes to end

A massive private development in east Kowloon big enough to provide 5,200 flats in the next six years will be scrutinised by the Town Planning Board today after staying on the drawing board for a decade.

8 Feb 2013 - 4:39am

Town Planning Board seek judicial review over Nam Sang Wai

A long-running series of legal disputes over a housing development - in an ecologically sensitive Yuen Long wetland - has taken yet another turn.

According to court documents, the Town Planning Board is seeking a judicial review of an appeal board decision that favoured the developers of the Nam Sang Wai housing project.

31 Jan 2013 - 4:41am

Shape of neighbourhoods to come

The city's older areas such as Staunton Street in Sheung Wan are home to many interesting stores and products. Photo: Sam Tsang

It's a popular pastime during the Christmas and New Year holidays to visit shopping centres to have a look at the festive decorations.

But winter is also a good time to visit shops that line the streets in the city's old districts.

18 Dec 2012 - 2:33am

Alternative ideas need to be looked at to preserve integrity of the cultural hub

I understand that the Town Planning Board will soon be making a final decision on the future development of the West Kowloon Cultural District site based on the ill-designed plan submitted by the government.

30 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Gigantic Tai Wai development takes no account of residents' concerns

Last month, the MTR Corporation began the tender process for the HK$15 billion Tai Wai station commercial and residential development. The project, according to the master layout plan from the Town Planning Board, will be a gigantic development with eight 40- to 50-storey buildings on top of a gorgeous, multi-level shopping mall.

10 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Judge cuts planners down to size

The Town Planning Board drew criticism from a judge yesterday for imposing an 'arbitrary' height restriction on a Kowloon Bay estate that was headed for redevelopment.

12 May 2012 - 12:00am

More of Sai Kung coast protected

More than 600 hectares of coastal enclaves in Sai Kung now fall under restricted land use, after the defacement of Tai Long Sai Wan in 2010 raised public awareness of development abuses.

5 May 2012 - 12:00am

Few women on powerful boards

The government is making progress on its pledge two years ago to ensure women hold at least 30 per cent of posts on each advisory board and statutory body - but on some influential committees women remain few and far between.

Women make up 1,814 of the 5,850 non-official members appointed to government advisory bodies, or 31 per cent, but some boards lag.

22 Apr 2012 - 12:00am