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 : November 2014

Draft Tin Fu Tsai Outline Zoning Plan (OZP) Approved [LegCo Brief]

On 14 November 2014, the Town Planning Board announced that the Chief Executive in Council had approved the draft Tin Fu Tsai Outline Zoning Plan (OZP). The approved Tin Fu Tsai OZP No. S/TM-TFT/2 provides a statutory land use planning framework to guide the development and redevelopment in the Tin Fu Tsai area.

Sustainability Implications : The Plan provides a planning framework with detailed land use zonings to guide and control future developments in the Area with a view to striking a proper balance between conservation and development needs. It will have some positive contribution to the overall sustainability of Hong Kong.

Draft Tai Tan, Uk Tau, Ko Tong and Ko Tong Ha Yeung Development Permission Area (DPA) Plan Approved [Press Release]

On 14 November 2014, the Town Planning Board announced that the Chief Executive in Council had approved the draft Tai Tan, Uk Tau, Ko Tong and Ko Tong Ha Yeung Development Permission Area (DPA) Plan. The approved Tai Tan, Uk Tau, Ko Tong and Ko Tong Ha Yeung DPA Plan No. DPA/NE-TT/2 provides planning guidance and facilitates development control within the Tai Tan, Uk Tau, Ko Tong and Ko Tong Ha Yeung 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 (OZP).

Sustainability Implications : The DPA Plan provides a stopgap measure to effect development control and planning guidance in the Area which would safeguard the natural and rural character of Tai Tan, Uk Tau, Ko Tong and Ko Tong Ha Yeung and the areas of high ecological value from degradation. This would have some positive contribution to the environmental quality of Hong Kong. Another sustainability assessment will be undertaken when the appropriate zonings are prepared with detailed analysis and studies at the OZP preparation stage.

Cross Bay Link, Tseung Kwan O [Press Release]

On 21 November 2014, the Government announced that, in accordance with the Roads (Works, Use and Compensation) Ordinance, the Chief Executive in Council had authorised the works of the Cross Bay Link, Tseung Kwan O, which would connect the proposed Tseung Kwan O Lam Tin Tunnel with Wan Po Road near Area 86 of Tseung Kwan O.

Sustainability Implications : The proposed scheme will help to alleviate the anticipated traffic congestion on Wan Po Road and some roads in Tseung Kwan O town centre. Nevertheless, the proposed works would inevitably cause some adverse impacts on the environment. Proper mitigation measures, including use of temporary noise barriers during construction and compensatory planting, will be implemented to minimise environmental impact. In addition, the potential visual impacts of the noise barriers will be suitably mitigated by adopting a light colour and streamlined design with landscaping works that would blend in with the environment.


REPORT PERIOD : October 2014

Draft Chuen Lung and Ha Fa Shan Development Permission Area (DPA) Plan Approved [LegCo Brief]

On 3 October 2014, the Town Planning Board announced that the Chief Executive in Council had approved the draft Chuen Lung and Ha Fa Shan Development Permission Area (DPA) Plan. The approved Chuen Lung and Ha Fa Shan DPA Plan No. DPA/TW-CLHFS/2 provides planning guidance and facilitates development control within the Chuen Lung and Ha Fa Shan 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 (OZP).

Sustainability Implications : The draft DPA Plan provides an interim measure to effect development control and planning guidance in the Area which would protect the natural and rural character of Chuen Lung and Ha Fa Shan and the areas of high ecological value from degradation. This would contribute positively to the environmental quality of Hong Kong. Another sustainability assessment will be undertaken when the appropriate zonings are prepared with detailed analysis and studies at the OZP preparation stage.

Draft Tai O Fringe Outline Zoning Plan Approved [Press Release]

On 3 October 2014, the Town Planning Board announced that the Chief Executive in Council had approved the draft Tai O Fringe Outline Zoning Plan (OZP). The approved Tai O Fringe OZP No. S/I-TOF/2 provides a statutory land use framework to guide the development and redevelopment in the Tai O Fringe area.

Sustainability Implications : The Plan provides a planning framework with detailed land use zonings to guide and control future development in the Area with a view to striking a proper balance between conservation and development needs. It will contribute positively to the overall sustainability of Hong Kong.

Draft South West Kowloon Outline Zoning Plan Approved [LegCo Brief]

On 3 October 2014, the Town Planning Board announced that the Chief Executive in Council had approved the draft South West Kowloon Outline Zoning Plan (OZP). The approved South West Kowloon OZP No. S/K20/30 provides a statutory land use framework to guide the development and redevelopment in the South West Kowloon area.

Sustainability Implications : The amendments in the OZP would increase the land supply for public housing, private housing and/or hotel development as well as the provision of a school, GIC (Government, Institution or Community) facilities and waterfront promenade. The residential developments may have traffic, sewerage, visual and air ventilation impacts on the local areas and suitable mitigation measures should be adopted to alleviate any possible impacts. Overall speaking, the amendments have some positive socio-economic impacts.

Resumption of Land for Implementation of Development Project by the Urban Renewal Authority at Pine Street/Oak Street, Tai Kok Tsui, 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 97 private property interests at the project site at Pine Street / Oak Street will be resumed under the Lands Resumption Ordinance. Upon resumption and clearance, the site, with an area of about 865 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 buildings by a new residential development 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 would be put in place to minimise the potential transitory disruption.


REPORT PERIOD : September 2014

Draft Sha Tin Outline Zoning Plan Approved [LegCo Brief]

On 5 September 2014, the Town Planning Board announced that the Chief Executive in Council had approved the draft Sha Tin Outline Zoning Plan (OZP). The approved Sha Tin OZP No. S/ST/30 provides a statutory land use framework to guide the development and redevelopment in the Sha Tin area.

Sustainability Implications : The proposed rezoning for the public rental housing development would increase the supply of subsidised housing units to meet the need of the community. Whilst it will result in a loss of 1.83 hectares of land zoned as "Open Space", there is still provision of open space and land reservation in Sha Tin to meet the requirements of the existing and planned population.

Draft Mui Wo Fringe Outline Zoning Plan Approved [Press Release]

On 19 September 2014, the Town Planning Board announced that the Chief Executive in Council had approved the draft Mui Wo Fringe Outline Zoning Plan (OZP). The approved Mui Wo Fringe OZP No. S/I-MWF/10 provides a statutory land use framework to guide the development and redevelopment in the Mui Wo Fringe area.

Sustainability Implications : There may be traffic, environmental and visual impacts arising from the proposed Home Ownership Scheme development. Appropriate mitigation measures should be implemented to minimise the potential impacts on the nearby residents and surrounding historic buildings/areas. Overall speaking, the sustainability implications are insignificant.


REPORT PERIOD : August 2014 - No Item


REPORT PERIOD : July 2014

Draft Wong Nai Chung Outline Zoning Plan Approved [LegCo Brief]

On 18 July 2014, the Town Planning Board announced that the Chief Executive in Council had approved the draft Wong Nai Chung Outline Zoning Plan (OZP). The approved Wong Nai Chung OZP No. S/H7/17 provides a statutory land use framework to guide the development and redevelopment in the Wong Nai Chung area.

Sustainability Implications : The imposition of building height/plot ratio restrictions in various development zones would generally help address public concern on avoiding massive and out-of-context developments, maintaining the local character and facilitating air ventilation in the Area. Other zoning amendments are mainly to reflect existing developments and planning intentions or technical in nature.

Reference back of Approved Cha Kwo Ling, Yau Tong, Lei Yue Mun Outline Zoning Plan [Press Release]

On 18 July 2014, the Town Planning Board (the Board) announced that the Chief Executive in Council had referred the approved Cha Kwo Ling, Yau Tong, Lei Yue Mun Outline Zoning Plan (OZP) to the Board for amendment to reflect the latest land use proposals.

Sustainability Implications : The amendments will mainly facilitate the supply of residential flats and the road infrastructural development of Tseung Kwan O – Lam Tin. They would also facilitate commercial developments, an open space development and a comprehensive Government, Institution or Community development. These amendments will bring about economic and social benefits. Nevertheless, some amendments may bring potential traffic, noise, air ventilation, visual and/or landscape impacts on the local areas. Suitable mitigation measures should be adopted to alleviate such possible impacts. Another sustainability assessment will be conducted at a later stage when more details of the proposed amendments are available.

Reference back of Approved Lam Tei and Yick Yuen Outline Zoning Plan [Press Release]

On 18 July 2014, the Town Planning Board (the Board) announced that the Chief Executive in Council had referred the approved Lam Tei and Yick Yuen Outline Zoning Plan (OZP) to the Board for amendment to reflect the latest land use proposals.

Sustainability Implications : The proposed amendments for the proposed public rental housing, primary school and elderly care centre developments are in line with the sustainability principle to help foster a stable and equitable society by providing access to adequate and appropriate educational opportunity and social infrastructure. Nevertheless, the proposed amendments may result in potential long-term traffic noise, air quality, air ventilation and visual impacts on the local area. Suitable mitigation measures should be adopted to alleviate any potential adverse impacts. Another sustainability assessment will be conducted at a later stage when more details of the proposed amendments are available.


REPORT PERIOD : June 2014

Draft Sha Tau Kok Outline Zoning Plan Approved [LegCo Brief]
Draft Lin Ma Hang Outline Zoning Plan Approved [LegCo Brief]
Draft Man Kam To Outline Zoning Plan Approved [LegCo Brief]

On 13 June 2014, the Town Planning Board announced that the Chief Executive in Council had approved the captioned draft Outline Zoning Plans (OZP). The approved plans provide a statutory land use framework to guide the development and redevelopment in the areas concerned.

Sustainability Implications : The Plans provide a planning framework with detailed land use zonings to guide and control future developments in the areas with a view to striking a proper balance between conservation and development needs. They will contribute positively to the overall sustainability of Hong Kong.

Securities and Futures and Companies Legislation (Uncertificated Securities Market Amendment) Bill 2014 [LegCo Brief]

On 25 June 2014, the Government introduced the Securities and Futures and Companies Legislation (Uncertificated Securities Market Amendment) Bill 2014 into the Legislative Council. The Bill provides for a legal framework to enable the introduction of an uncertificated securities market regime.

Sustainability Implications : The Bill will have positive environmental and sustainability implications by further reducing the use of paper.

Food and Drugs (Composition and Labelling)(Amendment (No. 2) Regulation 2014 [LegCo Brief]

The Government published in the Gazette on 13 June 2014 the Food and Drugs (Composition and Labelling) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulation 2014 (the Amendment Regulation). The Amendment Regulation seeks to mandate nutrition labelling of infant formula, follow-up formula and prepackaged food for infants and young children under the age of 36 months as well as regulate the nutritional composition of infant formula, so as to protect the health of infants and young children consuming such products. The Amendment Regulation was tabled at the Legislative Council on 18 June 2014 for negative vetting.

Sustainability Implications : The proposal is in line with the sustainability principle of pursuing policies which promote and protect the physical and mental health of the people of Hong Kong. The nutritional composition requirements would strengthen the Government’s capability to ensure food safety. The nutrition labelling requirements would regulate misleading or deceptive labels and provide useful nutrition information for parents of infants and young children to make informed food choices, thereby facilitating parents to provide a balanced diet for their infants and young children.


REPORT PERIOD : May 2014

Tseung Kwan O – Lam Tin Tunnel [Press Release]

On 30 May 2014, the Government announced that, in accordance with the Roads (Works, Use and Compensation) Ordinance, the Chief Executive in Council had authorised the works for the Tseung Kwan O – Lam Tin Tunnel (TKO – LTT). The works include construction of a highway connecting Lam Tin and Tseung Kwan O South, interchanges, pedestrian facilities and cycle track.

Sustainability Implications : The proposed TKO-LTT Project will help to alleviate the anticipated traffic congestion in TKO Tunnel and support the continuous development of Kwun Tong and Tseung Kwan O Districts. Nevertheless, the proposed road works would inevitably cause some adverse impact on the environment. Proper mitigation measures, including use of temporary noise barriers during construction and compensatory planting, will be implemented to minimise environmental impact. In addition, the potential visual impact of the two interchanges of the TKO-LTT Project will be mitigated.

Resumption of Land for Implementation of Development Project 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 71 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 470 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 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 the potential transitory disruption.

Draft Cha Kwo Ling, Yau Tong, Lei Yue Mun Outline Zoning Plan Approved [Press Release]

On 16.5.2014, the Town Planning Board announced that the Chief Executive in Council had approved the draft Cha Kwo Ling, Yau Tong, Lei Yue Mun Outline Zoning Plan (OZP). The approved Cha Kwo Ling, Yau Tong, Lei Yue Mun OZP No. S/K15/21 provides a statutory land use framework to guide the development and redevelopment in the Cha Kwo Ling, Yau Tong, and Lei Yue Mun area.

Sustainability Implications : The proposed amendments would increase the land supply for both subsidized and private housing developments as well as for the development of a social welfare block. The zoning amendment for the subsidised housing development is in line with the sustainability principle to help foster an equitable society by providing access to social infrastructure. Nevertheless, the proposed amendments for both the subsidised and private residential developments may result in potential long-term traffic noise, air quality, air ventilation, visual and landscape impacts on the local areas. Suitable mitigation measures should be adopted to alleviate any possible impacts on the future residents and on the surrounding areas.

Low-income Working Family Allowance [LegCo Brief]

The Low-income Working Family Allowance (LIFA) seeks to relieve the financial burden of working poor families not receiving Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA), particularly those with children.

Sustainability Implications : LIFA is expected to have a positive social implication. With a two-tiered working hour requirement, target beneficiaries will have the incentive to stay in active employment. This is also consistent with the principle of recognising the hard work of the low-income working households and helps promote self-reliance. The LIFA could also help prevent the beneficiary poor working households from falling into the CSSA net. LIFA is also expected to relieve part of the financial burden on non-CSSA low-income working households, allow more room for the beneficiary households to manoeuvre their financial resource, and focus resources on the development of children.


REPORT PERIOD : April 2014

Resumption of Private Land for Implementation of Development Project by the Urban Renewal Authority (URA) at Kowloon City Road/ Sheung Heung Road, Ma Tau Kok, 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 118 private property interests at the site bounded by Kowloon City Road and Sheung Heung Road will be resumed under the Lands Resumption Ordinance. Upon resumption and clearance, the site, with gross site area of about 1,622 square metres (net site area of about 1,384 square metres), will be redeveloped as a residential development with retail uses and ancillary facilities on the lower floors and a basement carpark in accordance with the statutory plan prepared under the Town Planning Ordinance.

Sustainability Implications : The development project will replace the poor and dilapidated buildings by a new modern building, hence upgrading the local environment. It will also enhance economic 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 would be put in place to minimise the potential transitory disruption.

PWP Item No. 7666CL (Part) – Formation, Roads and Drains in Area 54, Tuen Mun – Phase 1 Package 1A – Construction of Part of Road L54D and Widening of Hing Fu Street and
PWP Item No. 7681CL (Part) – Formation, Roads and Drains in Area 54, Tuen Mun – Phase 2 Package 2 – Construction of Road L54A, Reprovision of Tong Hang Road and Widening of Tsz Tin Road [Press Release]

Construction of Road L54A and a section of Road L54D, widening of a section of Hing Fu Street and a section of Tsz Tin Road, and reprovision of a section of Tong Hang Road to serve the anticipated traffic demand induced by the future housing development in Tuen Mun Area 54.

Sustainability Implications : The Scheme does not have significant sustainability implications but could provide new roads and improve existing roads to cope with the anticipated traffic increase.


REPORT PERIOD : March 2014

Draft Aberdeen and Ap Lei Chau Outline Zoning Plan Approved [Press Release]

On 21 March 2014, the Town Planning Board announced that the Chief Executive in Council had approved the draft Aberdeen and Ap Lei Chau Outline Zoning Plan (OZP). The approved Aberdeen and Ap Lei Chau OZP No. S/H15/29 provides a statutory land use planning framework to guide development and redevelopment in the Aberdeen and Ap Lei Chau area.

Sustainability Implications: The rezoning of the former Aberdeen Fire Station site to "Other Specified Uses(2)"annotated "Business" could achieve better utilization of the site and will help facilitate the transformation of the Wong Chuk Hang area into a business area.

Draft Ho Chung Outline Zoning Plan Approved [Press Release]

On 21 March 2014, the Town Planning Board announced that the Chief Executive in Council had approved the draft Ho Chung Outline Zoning Plan (OZP). The approved Ho Chung OZP No. S/SK-HC/11 provides a statutory land use planning framework to guide the development and redevelopment within the Ho Chung area.

Sustainability Implications: The proposed "Village Type Development" zone at Nam Pin Wai Road would address the shortage of land for Small House developments in Ho Chung Village. Nevertheless, the proposal may result in some adverse impacts including noise, drainage and sewerage. Appropriate mitigation measures would be implemented to minimise any adverse impacts.

Draft Kuk Po, Fung Hang and Yung Shue Au Development Permission Area Plan approved [Press Release]

On 21 March 2014, the Town Planning Board announced that the Chief Executive in Council had approved the draft Kuk Po, Fung Hang and Yung Shue Au Development Permission Area (DPA) Plan. The approved Kuk Po, Fung Hang and Yung Shue Au DPA Plan No. DPA/NE-KP/2 provides planning guidance and facilitates development control within the Kuk Po, Fung Hang and Yung Shue Au areas during the period required for detailed analysis of land use patterns study of infrastructural provisions and examination of development options for the formulation of an outline zoning plan.

Sustainability Implications: The DPA Plan provides a stopgap measure to effect development control and planning guidance for the Area, which would protect the natural and rural landscape, the ecologically sensitive areas and historic buildings there from degradation. This would contribute positively to the environmental quality and preservation of cultural heritage in Hong Kong. Another sustainability assessment will have to be undertaken when the appropriate zonings are finalized with detailed analyses and studies.

Pharmacy and Poisons (Amendment) Bill 2014 [LegCo Brief]

The Pharmacy and Poisons (Amendment) Bill 2014 was introduced into the Legislative Council (LegCo) on 26 March 2014. In this connection, a Legislative Council Brief was issued on 19 March 2014. The Bill seeks to implement certain recommendations put forth by the Review Committee on the Regulation of Pharmaceutical Products in Hong Kong with a view to safeguarding public health by enhancing the regulatory regime for the pharmaceutical products in Hong Kong. The Bill also seeks to update certain provisions in the relevant legislation to bring them into line with the prevailing regulatory regime for pharmaceutical products.

Sustainability Implications: The proposal would strengthen the regulatory regime for the pharmaceutical products, thus safeguarding the health of the public. Although the tightened control measures may impose additional compliance requirements on traders of pharmaceutical products and thereby increase their operational cost, the enhanced regulatory regime will strengthen public confidence towards pharmaceutical products and traders in Hong Kong which shall facilitate the development of the pharmaceutical sectors. The proposal to streamline the registration of new pharmaceutical products would enhance the efficiency of the drug registration processes and hence expedite the sale and supply of new pharmaceutical products in Hong Kong. As most of the new pharmaceutical products are used for treating relatively serious diseases, allowing an early sale and control of such products to fill an unmet medical need will eventually benefit the patients in Hong Kong. We expect the benefits brought to the community as a whole by our legislative proposal will outweigh the increased administrative and operational costs of traders of pharmaceutical products.


Sustainable Development Division