MONTHLY REPORT OF SUSTAINABILITY ASSESSMENTS

The Monthly Report of Sustainability Assessments (SA) lists the titles, brief descriptions and sustainability implications of new public policies and proposals that went through the SA process and were made known to the public through LegCo briefs or press releases etc during the report period. Internet links to the relevant background documents are also provided.


REPORT PERIOD : December 2013

Regulation of the Property Management Industry [LegCo Brief]

To introduce a mandatory licensing regime to both the company and individual levels of the property management industry.

Sustainability Implications: The proposals would have no significant sustainability implications. The proposals would help raise the level of professionalism and service quality of the property management, and promote the concept of maintaining building safety and value through continuous effective building management. In long term, the proposals would contribute to the broad goals for achieving a sustainable urban living environment.

Draft Peng Chau Outline Zoning Plan Approved [Press Release]

On 13 December 2013, the Town Planning Board announced that the Chief Executive in Council had approved the draft Peng Chau Outline Zoning Plan (OZP). The approved OZP provides a statutory land use planning framework to guide the development and redevelopment within the Peng Chau area. The approved OZP was exhibited for public inspection under the Town Planning Ordinance.

Sustainability Implications: The proposed amendments would facilitate the development of a small number of low-rise and low-density residential units. There are concerns on the changes in the local character and landscape setting of the area. Measures including sensitive site layout planning and landscaping proposal should be implemented to reduce the potential impacts. The differing concerns and views on the amendments from various stakeholders should be handled with care.

Draft Clear Water Bay Peninsula North Outline Zoning Plan Approved [Press Release]

On 13 December 2013, the Town Planning Board announced that the Chief Executive in Council had approved the draft Clear Water Peninsula North Outline Zoning Plan (OZP). The approved OZP provides a statutory land use planning framework to guide the development and redevelopment within the Clear Water Bay Peninsula North area. The approved OZP was exhibited for public inspection under the Town Planning Ordinance.

Sustainability Implications: The proposed amendments would facilitate the development of a few low-rise houses. There are concerns on the possible adverse environmental impacts including traffic noise and air pollution impacts. Appropriate mitigation measures should be implemented to minimize these environmental impacts. The sustainability implications are local and insignificant. The differing concerns and views on the amendments from various stakeholders should be handled with care.

Draft Tsim Sha Tsui Outline Zoning Plan Approved [Press Release]

On 13 December 2013, the Town Planning Board announced that the Chief Executive in Council had approved the draft Tsim Sha Tsui Outline Zoning Plan (OZP). The approved OZP provides a statutory land use planning framework to guide development and redevelopment within the Tsim Sha Tsui area. The approved OZP was exhibited for public inspection under the Town Planning Ordinance.

Sustainability Implications: Rezoning of the "Government, Institution or Community" ("G/IC") site for commercial development represents a better utilisation of land resources. The rezoning will reduce the land available for provision of GIC facilities in the district. The overall sustainability implication is insignificant.

Second phase of the development scheme at Peel Street/Graham Street, Sheung Wan [Press Release]

This development scheme, having a total area of about 5 267 square metres and covering Site A, Site B and Site C, was included in the URA’s business plan for 2007-08. Its implementation will help improve the general environment of the locality while preserving the local character and blending the old with the new. A total of 36 private property interests will be resumed under the Lands Resumption Ordinance in this second and last phase which covers Site A and Site C located at Gage Street, Graham Street, Peel Street, Wellington Street, Gutzlaff Street and Staveley Street. In July 2012, the land at Site B was granted to the URA for the first phase development where a multi-storey residential block and a two-storey retail block designated for selling fresh food will be built. In future, a multi-storey residential block with retail floor and a community hall will be built at Site A, while a multi-storey office tower and a hotel block with retail facility will be built at Site C.

Sustainability Implications: The proposed resumption of private land would facilitate implementation of the development scheme, which would result in better utilisation of land resources and help stimulate private sector investment. On the other hand, the proposal may cause social disruption to some local residents and shop operators. In this regard, mitigation measures are required to help the affected residents to re-establish themselves in an improved living environment. The importance of maintaining the vibrancy of the existing market activities, retaining local social-cultural characteristics and heritage buildings should be recognized, and mitigation measures should be taken to minimise nuisance to ensure the continuation of the existing street market. The community sentiments and aspirations to preserve the on-street market and the local character of the area should also be handled with care.

Air Quality Health Index [Press Release]

The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) launched the Air Quality Health Index (AQHI), a new air pollution information system, on 30 December 2013 to replace the Air Pollution Index so as to communicate the health effects of air pollution more effectively and provide more timely and useful information to the public. The AQHI is reported on a scale of 1 to 10 and 10+, and is grouped into five health risk categories, i.e. low, moderate, high, very high and serious. It also provides health advice for people with different degrees of susceptibility to air pollution.

Sustainability Implications: The new health-based AQHI is a means for better protection of public health. It is conducive to the sustainability principles of seeking opportunities to provide a living environment which promotes and protects health of the public.


REPORT PERIOD : November 2013

Draft Shouson Hill & Repulse Bay Outline Zoning Plan Approved [Press Release]

On 15 November 2013, the Town Planning Board announced that the Chief Executive in Council had approved the draft Shouson Hill and Repulse Bay Outline Zoning Plan (OZP). The approved OZP provides a statutory land use planning framework to guide the development and redevelopment in the Shouson Hill and Repulse Bay area. The approved OZP was exhibited for public inspection under the Town Planning Ordinance.

Sustainability Implications: The rezoning of the subject site from "Government, Institution or Community" to "Residential (Group C)3" would produce land for low-rise house development. Nevertheless, given the location of the subject site in close proximity to the Aberdeen Tunnel portal, environmental impacts especially air pollution and traffic noise nuisance would be the major concerns. Mitigation measures should be implemented to alleviate the adverse environmental impacts. The differing concerns and views on the amendment from various stakeholders should be handled with care. Other amendments to the OZP, which are technical in nature, will have no economic, environmental and sustainability implications.


REPORT PERIOD : October 2013

Air Pollution Control (Air Pollutant Emission) (Controlled Vehicles) Regulation [LegCo Brief]

To improve roadside air quality and better protect public health, the Government proposed to phase out some 80,000 pre-Euro IV diesel commercial vehicles through an incentive-cum-regulatory approach and to limit the service life of newly registered diesel commercial vehicles at 15 years. The Regulation is to effect the proposed retirement deadlines for pre-Euro IV diesel commercial vehicles and the proposed service life limit of 15 years for diesel commercial vehicles first registered after the commencement of the Regulation.

Sustainability Implications: The Regulation is in line with the sustainability principles of avoiding environmental problems for present and future generations and providing a living environment which promotes and protects the physical health of the people of Hong Kong. Better air quality is also conducive to improving the quality of life, attracting more tourists and retaining foreign investments and talents in Hong Kong. All these would help reinforce our position as a world city and leading business hub.

Draft Lai Chi Kok Outline Zoning Plan Approved [Press Release]

On 18 October 2013, the Town Planning Board announced that the Chief Executive in Council had approved the draft Lai Chi Kok Outline Zoning Plan (OZP). The approved OZP provides a statutory land use planning framework to guide the development and redevelopment within the Lai Chi Kok area. The approved OZP was exhibited for public inspection under the Town Planning Ordinance.

Sustainability Implications: The proposed rezoning of the subject site to "OU (Private Community Centre)" zone is an amendment that reflects the existing use of the subject site as a private community centre at Mei Foo Sun Chuen. As such, the proposed rezoning would not have significant sustainability implication. The inclusion of the provision for minor relaxation of plot ratio restriction for the "Residential Group (A)" zone has no sustainability implication.

Draft Pak Shek Kok (East) Outline Zoning Plan Approved [Press Release]

On 18 October 2013, the Town Planning Board announced that the Chief Executive in Council had approved the draft Pak Shek Kok (East) Outline Zoning Plan (OZP). The approved OZP provides a statutory land use planning framework to guide the development and redevelopment in the Pak Shek Kok (East) area. The approved OZP was exhibited for public inspection under the Town Planning Ordinance.

Sustainability Implications: The amendments to the Outline Zoning Plan would increase the land supply of residential flats and provide for the proposed expansion of the Hong Kong Science Park (HKSP). The amendments would intensify local population and result in loss in the land area of the "Recreation" and "Open Space" zones. Measures should be taken to mitigate issues arising from the interface between the residential development and the HKSP. The differing concerns and views from various stakeholders should be handled with care.

Draft Yi O Development Permission Area Approved [Press Release]

On 18 October 2013, the Town Planning Board announced that the Chief Executive in Council had approved the draft Yi O Development Permission Area (DPA) Plan. The approved Plan provides planning guidance and facilitates development control within the Yi O area during the period required for detailed analysis of the land use pattern, study of infrastructural provisions and examination of development options for the formulation of an outline zoning plan. The approved DPA Plan was exhibited for public inspection under the Town Planning Ordinance.

Sustainability Implications: The Development Permission Area Plan provides a stopgap measure to effect development control and planning guidance in the Area which would safeguard the natural and rural character of Yi O. This would contribute positively to the environmental quality of Hong Kong. Another sustainability assessment will have to be undertaken when the appropriate zonings are prepared with detailed analysis and studies at the Outline Zoning Plan preparation stage. However, the differing concerns and views from various stakeholders should be handled with care.


REPORT PERIOD : September 2013

Air Pollution Control (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2013 [LegCo Brief]

The Air Pollution Control (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2013 will expand the existing control regime, which currently bans the import and sale of the more hazardous amosite and crocidolite and controls activities involving asbestos-containing materials, to include the banning of the import, transhipment, supply and use of all types of asbestos and asbestos-containing materials. It will also make related amendments to the Factories and Industrial Undertakings (Asbestos) Regulation to prohibit the use of all types of asbestos in industrial undertakings.

Sustainability Implications: Banning asbestos can further abate the risk of asbestos. The proposal is conducive to the sustainability principles of seeking opportunities to enhance environmental quality, and providing a living environment which promotes and protects the public health.

PWP Item No. 6810TH Retrofitting of Noise Barriers on Tuen Mun Road (Town Centre Section) [Press Release]

Retrofitting of noise barriers, semi-enclosure and full enclosure on Tuen Mun Road (Town Centre Section) between Kam Hing Building and Lakeshore Building.

Sustainability Implications: The proposed road scheme will mitigate the noise impact of the existing Tuen Mun Road on nearby residents. Nevertheless, the proposed works would inevitably cause some minor adverse impacts on the environment, including loss of trees and noise during construction. Proper mitigation measures will be implemented to minimize environmental impact. In addition, the potential visual impacts of the noise barriers and enclosures will be suitably mitigated by adopting a light colour and streamlined design with landscaping works that would blend in with the environment. The sentiments of stakeholders should be handled with care.

Draft Tai Po Outline Zoning Plan Approved [Press Release]

On 13 September 2013, the Town Planning Board announced that the Chief Executive in Council had approved the draft Tai Po Outline Zoning Plan (OZP). The approved OZP provides a statutory land use planning framework to guide the development and redevelopment in the Tai Po area. The approved OZP was exhibited for public inspection under the Town Planning Ordinance.

Sustainability Implications: The proposed rezoning for the public rental housing development would increase the supply of public housing units to meet the needs of the community. The incorporation of appropriate development restrictions including building height restrictions and non-building areas would avoid out-of-context development/ redevelopment in Tai Po Area. Most of the other amendments are to reflect the existing development or technical in nature. Nevertheless, the differing concerns and views from various stakeholders should be handled with care.

Draft Sai Ying Pun and Sheung Wan Outline Zoning Plan Approved [Press Release]

On 27 September 2013, the Town Planning Board announced that the Chief Executive in Council had approved the draft Sai Ying Pun and Sheung Wan Outline Zoning Plan (OZP). The approved OZP provides a statutory land use planning framework to guide the development and redevelopment in the Sai Ying Pun and Sheung Wan area. The approved OZP was exhibited for public inspection under the Town Planning Ordinance.

Sustainability Implications: The rezoning of the terraces and the stepped streets with unique terrace ambience (including Ladder Street accorded with Grade 1 historic status) to “Road” can prevent them from being built over, which are in line with the sustainability principle of protecting the cultural assets in Hong Kong. Other amendments are mainly to reflect the existing use or technical in nature. The differing concerns and views on the proposed amendments from various stakeholders should be handled with care.

Draft Fanling/Sheung Shui Outline Zoning Plan Approved [Press Release]

On 27 September 2013, the Town Planning Board announced that the Chief Executive in Council had approved the draft Fanling/Sheung Shui Outline Zoning Plan (OZP). The approved OZP provides a statutory land use planning framework to guide the development and redevelopment in the Fanling/Sheung Shui area. The approved OZP was exhibited for public inspection under the Town Planning Ordinance.

Sustainability Implications: The proposed rezoning for the public housing development would increase the supply of subsidized housing units to meet the needs of the community. Suitable mitigation measures should be adopted to mitigate the possible air, noise, drainage, visual and landscape impacts. The differing concerns and views from various stakeholders should also be handled with care.


REPORT PERIOD : August 2013

Draft Ma On Shan Outline Zoning Plan Approved [Press Release]

On 9 August 2013, the Town Planning Board announced that the Chief Executive in Council had approved the draft Ma On Shan Outline Zoning Plan (OZP). The approved OZP provides a statutory land use planning framework to guide the development and redevelopment in the Ma On Shan area. The approved OZP was exhibited for public inspection under the Town Planning Ordinance.

Sustainability Implications: the amendments to the OZP would increase the land supply of residential development to meet the needs of the community, while at the same time providing the Government, Institution or Community and recreational facilities as required by the community. However, the differing concerns and views from various stakeholders should be handled with care.


REPORT PERIOD : July 2013

Child Abduction Legislation (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill 2013 [LegCo Brief]

The Bill seeks to implement the recommendations of the Report on International Parental Child Abduction published by the Law Reform Commission of Hong Kong (LRC) to help prevent children from being abducted out of Hong Kong by one of the parents, and to better support the operation of the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.

Sustainability Implications: As noted by LRC, when a child is abducted, he/she suffers the trauma of being taken away from his/her home from the custodial parent and other family members. LRC is also concerned that such abduction will be a harrowing experience for the child’s left-behind family. The proposal, which aims to prevent children from being abducted by their parents from Hong Kong, will prevent such occurrence. The proposal will therefore also have positive sustainability impact on family solidarity.

Toys and Children's Products Safety (Amendment) Bill 2013 [LegCo Brief]

To amend the Ordinance to enable the imposition of concentration limits of phthalates in certain toys and children's products for better protection of children's safety.

Sustainability Implications: The proposal can protect children from the possible health hazards posed by phthalates in certain toys and children's products, and is conducive to sustainability development.

Taking Forward the Reform of the New Regulatory Regime for the Tourism Sector in Hong Kong [LegCo Panel Paper]

Following the Government's announcement in December 2011 that an independent statutory body to be called the Travel Industry Authority (TIA) would be set up as the overall regulatory body to regulate travel agents, tourist guides and tour escorts, the Government has worked out detailed proposals covering composition of the TIA; raising the threshold for setting up travel business; a new licensing system for tourist guides and tour escorts; and non-regulatory functions to be entrusted to the Travel Industry Council of Hong Kong.

Sustainability Implications: The detailed proposals will help improve the overall quality of the tourism industry. It is expected to have positive impacts on Hong Kong's economic sustainability as it is conducive to the sustainable and healthy development of the tourism industry in the long run. Nevertheless, the differing concerns and views of the various stakeholders should be handled with care.

Draft Sha Tin Outline Zoning Plan Approved [Press Release]

On 12 July 2013, the Town Planning Board announced that the Chief Executive in Council had approved the draft Sha Tin Outline Zoning Plan (OZP). The approved OZP provides a statutory land use planning framework to guide development and redevelopment in the Sha Tin area. The approved OZP was exhibited for public inspection under the Town Planning Ordinance.

Sustainability Implications: The proposed rezoning for the public rental housing and Home Ownership Scheme developments would increase the supply of subsidized housing units to meet the needs of the community. However, it would also result in reduction in industrial land and potential industrial/residential interface issues. Appropriate mitigation measures should be provided to alleviate the environmental problems. The differing concerns and views from various stakeholders should also be handled with care.

Resumption of Land for Implementation of Development Project DL-1:SSP by the Urban Renewal Authority at Hai Tan Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon [Press Release]

The development project was included in the Urban Renewal Authority's Business Plan for 2012-13. Its implementation will help improve the general environment of the locality and the living conditions of the residents. A total of 58 private property interests at the project site at Hai Tan Street will be resumed under the Lands Resumption Ordinance. Upon resumption and clearance, the site, with an area of about 483 square metres, will be redeveloped into a residential development with retail and ancillary facilities.

Sustainability Implications: The development project will replace the poor and deteriorating building by a new modern building which will incorporate environmental-friendly design, hence upgrading the local environment. It would also enhance vibrancy of the local economy and create more job opportunities. Nevertheless, the development project will bring temporary adverse noise and air impact to the surrounding areas during the construction stage. Environmental mitigation measures are needed to minimise the impacts. The development project may also cause transitory disruption to the residents, in particular, to vulnerable groups such as the elderly, as they need to move out and be relocated. Suitable measures should be put in place to minimise the potential transitory disruption. Furthermore, differing concerns and views should be handled with care.

Resumption of Private Land for Implementation of Development Project SSP-014 by the Urban Renewal Authority at Fuk Wing Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon [Press Release]

This project was included in the URA's Business Plan for 2011-12. Its implementation will help improve the general environment of the locality and the living conditions of the residents. A total of 32 private property interests at the site at Fuk Wing Street will be resumed under the Lands Resumption Ordinance. Upon resumption and clearance, the site, with an area of about 649 square metres, will be redeveloped into a residential development with retail and ancillary facilities.

Sustainability Implications: The development project will replace the poor and dilapidated buildings by a new modern building which will incorporate environmental- friendly design, hence upgrading the local environment. It will also enhance vibrancy of the local economy and create more job opportunities. Nevertheless, the development project will bring temporary adverse noise and air impact to the surrounding area during the construction stage. Environmental mitigation measures are needed to minimise the impacts. The development project may also cause transitory disruption to the residents, in particular, to vulnerable groups such as the elderly, as they need to move out and be relocated. Suitable measures should be put in place to minimise any potential transitory disruption. Furthermore, different concerns and views should be handled with care.


Sustainable Development Division