Metroplan and more attractive harbour waterfront areas discussed


The Land and Building Advisory Committee today (May 31) discussed the Second Stage Public Consultation on the Study on Review of Metroplan and the Related Kowloon Density Study Review and noted the infrastructural constraints and development opportunities identified in the study.

"The Committee is aware that Hong Kong faces a number of development constraints as identified in the Consultation document. However, a lot of opportunities are also available," Professor Yeung Yue-man, Chairman of the Land and Building Advisory Committee (LBAC), said after a meeting.

"Innovative planning initiative and urban renewal can bring new opportunities and new look to the Metro Areas." Professor Yeung added.

"The Committee also considers that sustainable development should be the prime consideration in any development projects. This is something we must focus if Hong Kong is to become a world-class city," he said.

On the Planning Study on the Harbour and its Waterfront Areas, the Committee noted the potential to make the Victoria Harbour more attractive, vibrant and accessible to the community.

"The Planning Study has proposed landscaped promenades, entertainment facilities and cruise terminal along the waterfront. These will bring about a new look to the Victoria Harbour. The harbour will become the tourism node of the territory with good linkages with the hinterland," Professor Yeung said.

While noting Government's plan for tourism and recreational development in the harbour, the Committee is also aware of the needs of some waterfront users, such as ferry piers and public cargo operators.

"In this respect, the Government will face the challenge of allowing optimal waterfront uses along our shore line in a sensible way," he added.

The LBAC held its first meeting after its members were appointed for a new two-year term from April 2001 to March 2003. Besides the chairman, the Committee has 14 non-official members and six official members.

There are six new members, namely, Mr Leslie H C Chen, Mr John Hui Wing-to, Mr Lam Wo-hei, Mr Victor Li Tzar-kuoi, Mr Peter Mok Kwok-woo and Mr Stanley Yip Cho-tat.

The Committee's other members are: Mr Kwok Kwok-chuen, Mr Thomas Kwok Wai-yan, Mr Alfred Lam Kwok-cheong, Dr Ronald Lu Yuen-cheung, Mr Victor So Hing-woh, Mr Tony Tse Wai-chuen, Mr Wong Chi-ming, Mr Peter Dicky Yip, Secretary for Planning and Lands, Secretary for Housing, Director of Buildings, Director of Lands, Director of Planning and Government Economist.

End/Thursday, May 31, 2001