Date
17 December 2017
The Hong Kong government is reviewing a previous plan for urban development strategies through 2030. Photo: CNSA
The Hong Kong government is reviewing a previous plan for urban development strategies through 2030. Photo: CNSA

Hong Kong launches new urban planning study

Hong Kong’s Planning Department has launched a new study on the strategies to be adopted with regard to development of urban space, transportation, environmental protection and related aspects.

The study aims to review and revise a 2030 plan that was outlined in 2007, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported Thursday.

A spokesman for the government agency was quoted as saying that the new study will use as a reference an official projection that the city’s population will rise to 8.47 million by 2041.

A 30-year plan from now that will outline policies covering the decades through 2045 would be deemed too sensitive, the paper cited veteran urban planner Pong Yuen-yee as saying.

Pong said the government should have an internal time-frame for the study.

Kenneth To, another town planning guru, said the plan should be based on more than the simple economic indicators or political factors. Aspects such as lifestyle, inclusiveness, diversity and freedom levels should be taken into account, he said.

The planning department said it sought to amend the 2030 plan to maintain Hong Kong’s competitiveness and address changes in expectations amid new innovations and technology.

The study is expected to take two years to be completed. The public will be invited to offer their suggestions. 

Translation by Vey Wong

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