Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor laid down the blueprint for the Northern Metropolis in her 2021 policy address. The scheme, repackaged and expanded from an existing new town plan, involves the development of an IT hub in northern New Territories near the border with mainland China, construction of up to 186,000 homes and a new cross-border railway linking the city to the Qianhai economic zone in Shenzhen.
The plan, which would take 20 years to deliver, is seen as a major strategic change for development, moving the city's centre away from Hong Kong Island to the north, to integrate the city into the latest national development plan.
Officials must be prepared to think out of the box to ensure the much-touted Hong Kong mega project will be both strategically and financially sound.
University town, intended to accommodate expansion of public and private institutions, nearly half size of largest university, Chinese University
Owners can keep land earmarked for new town and build according to zoning uses, but they will be required to pay premium, development chief Bernadette Linn says.
Finance chief assures stakeholders that government has no plans to raise salary and profits taxes, expresses confidence in efforts to bring in companies to boost revenue.
A committee to be headed by finance chief Paul Chan with an associated office will advise on ‘feasible investment and financing options’ for mega projects, policy address says
Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden says survey has recorded 154 bird species, including 66 threatened ones, at nine sites in megaproject.
Project estimated to cost HK$20 billion will be put to competitive public bidding, source says.
Hong Kong’s finance chief describes megaprojects in northern New Territories, waters off Lantau Island as key to economic growth, housing supply boost.
Town planning board backs public housing development at Hong Kong Golf Club as legal action launched to block move.
Seamless immigration clearance at Fulin Small Boundary Control Point will improve travel for professionals, Undersecretary for Security Michael Cheuk says.
City lawmakers conclude first official visit to province after touring supercomputing data centre, three industrial parks, and tech and biomedicine firms.
City’s Security Bureau ‘actively’ exploring cooperation with Shenzhen authorities to speed up immigration procedures at crossing points for I&T professionals.
Development chief Bernadette Linn tells lawmakers that enterprises could move into Northern Metropolis by 2030, followed by residents, triggering questions on plan’s feasibility.
Police say gangs extorted fees from vendors to sell lunchboxes to workers in the area, with a source revealing monthly profit could be up to HK$500,000.
Nine organisations say the planned San Tin Technopole plan could endanger 117 bird species of special conservation value, including critically endangered ones.
Given 90 hectares of wetland will be ‘sacrificed’ for San Tin Technopole project, government should explain details for new conservation park, member of town planning board says.