Urban Design Guidelines for Hong Kong discussed

The Land and Building Advisory Committee today (November 13) discussed the Second Public Consultation on the Consultancy Study - "Urban Design Guidelines for Hong Kong".


The Committee also noted the outcome of the first public consultation on the study and the proposed guidelines and approaches to the major urban design issues.


"Hong Kong is characterised by high-rise developments set against a mountain backdrop around the Victoria Harbour. This is the unique identity of our city. The Committee therefore generally supports the idea of preserving the views to the ridgelines and the Victoria Harbour," the Chairman of the Committee, Professor Yeung Yue-man, said after the meeting.


"There are, however, diverse views over the need for regulatory measures to facilitate the proposals. Some members are also of the view that in pursuing the idea of preserving the ridgelines, it is equally important not to frustrate necessary development or redevelopment," said Professor Yeung.


As a related issue, some members suggested that the Government should consider setting up a waterfront authority to coordinate all matters relating to the development of the waterfront areas. This would ensure a consistent and coordinated approach in handling waterfront development proposals among various Government departments.


End/Tuesday, November 13, 2001