The public has two months to tell the government how they want the former Kai Tak airport site redeveloped after the planning review of the area was unveiled yesterday. The document - Working Together to Shape a New Kai Tak - outlines the constraints and opportunities associated with the site. The Planning Department also asked the public for their views on the appropriate type of development and whether they want the Kai Tak channel to be reclaimed. The review will start with the 'no reclamation' principle. Plans for the 328-hectare site had to return to the drafting stage after the Court of Final Appeal ruled in January that harbour reclamation can only proceed if there is an overriding public need. Under the previous plan, the government would have reclaimed 133 hectares of land from the sea and the resulting 461-hectare site would house 260,000 people. The consultation indicates the site could be the future home of a cruise terminal, 50,000-seat multi-purpose stadium and heliport. But departing from traditional government consultations, the department made no recommendations in the first-stage document. The consultation process will be conducted in three stages. Apart from the traditional written submission, the department will organise public forums and workshops to gather public opinion. An assistant director of planning, Anthony Kwan Tsoi-kwai, said: 'The government is very open. We have no preference on reclamation and facilities.' A consultant on the project, Iris Tam Siu-ying, said the new approach should be able to avoid agitating public resentment on the sensitive subject of reclamation. 'Mass protests against reclamation early this year show the traditional way of planning is not working,' she said. 'The new approach will surely be more difficult. But we still would like to build a community consensus before proceeding with the detailed planning.' The identified development constraints include: air and noise pollution caused by surrounding heavily trafficked roads and how to tackle the notoriously filthy Kai Tak channel. The department also wants the public to consider whether the nearby public cargo working areas and typhoon shelters are compatible with the new Kai Tak, and the competing demand for various land uses, such as residential, commercial, recreational and tourism. The consultation document said the city would have opportunities to make the best of the waterfront for public enjoyment, adopt appropriate density and create a tourism and leisure node by having a cruise terminal, park and stadium. Ms Tam said the site had room to accommodate all the competing demands. 'You tell us what you think and what you want; we will balance your demands,' she said.