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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 : April 2017

Draft Tsuen Wan Outline Zoning Plan ("OZP") Approved [LegCo Brief]

On 11 April 2017, the Chief Executive in Council approved the draft Tsuen Wan OZP. The major amendments to the OZP were related to the rezoning of the Chai Wan Kok Industrial/Business Area bounded by Castle Peak Road – Tsuen Wan, Pun Shan Street, Chai Wan Kok Street and Tai Chung Road from "Industrial" ("I") to "Other Specified Uses" annotated "Business" ("Amendment Item A") and revision to the stipulated building height restriction of a site zoned "Government, Institution or Community" at the junction of Texaco Road, Ma Tau Pa Road and Wing Shun Street ("Amendment Item B").

Sustainability Implications: Amendment Item A will facilitate greater land use flexibility and will help facilitate the transformation of the Chai Wan Kok Industrial/Business Area into a business area. Amendment Item B will increase the provision of government, institution and community facilities to serve the local community, which is in line with the sustainability principle on provision of social infrastructure.

Draft Cha Kwo Ling, Yau Tong, Lei Yue Mun Outline Zoning Plan ("OZP") Approved [LegCo Brief]

On 11 April 2017, the Chief Executive in Council approved the draft Cha Kwo Ling, Yau Tong, Lei Yue Mun OZP. The amendments mainly involve rezoning of a site at Yan Wing Street from "Green Belt" ("GB") to "Residential (Group A)" ("R(A)") and a site at Ko Chiu Road from "Other Specified Uses" annotated "Ventilation Building", "Government, Institution or Community" ("G/IC") and "GB" to "R(A)7", "R(A)" and an area shown as 'Road' mainly for residential developments; rezoning of a piece of land to the south of Yau Tong No.2 Fresh Water Service Reservoir at Ko Chiu Road from "G/IC" to "GB" as well as zoning amendments to reflect existing conditions of the land.

Sustainability Implications: The amendments for residential use would increase the land supply for public and private housing to meet the housing demand. Social welfare facilities will also be provided in the proposed public housing development to serve the local community. The amendments will bring about job opportunities and social benefits. Nevertheless, the proposed developments may bring potential environmental, traffic, air ventilation and/or visual impacts on the local areas as well as lead to additional energy consumption. Suitable mitigation measures should be adopted to alleviate such possible impacts.

"Star" Ferry's Application for Fare Increases [LegCo Brief]

At the meeting of the Executive Council on 11 April 2017, the Council advised and the Chief Executive ordered that the Ferry Services (The "Star" Ferry Company, Limited) (Determination of the Fares) (Amendment) Order 2017, setting out the new maximum fares chargeable by The "Star" Ferry Company, Limited ("SF"), should be made under section 19(1)(a) of the Ferry Services Ordinance. This is to give effect to the fare adjustments for SF's two franchised ferry routes of "Central – Tsim Sha Tsui" and "Wan Chai – Tsim Sha Tsui" with a weighted average fare increase rate of 8.9%.

Sustainability Implications: The recommendation helps maintain the financial viability of SF and thus its ability to continue to provide proper ferry services. Although the fare increase reaches around 8.9%, absolute amount of fare increase is not high and it is not expected to have significant sustainability implications.

Public Works Programme Item No. 4392DS Expansion of Sha Tau Kok
Sewage Treatment Works, Phase 1 [Gazette Notice]

On 25 April 2017, the Chief Executive in Council had authorised the reclamation works within an area of approximately 12.08 hectares of foreshore and sea-bed situated at Starling Inlet (Sha Tau Kok Hoi) for the modification of the existing submarine outfall and the construction of a new submarine outfall for the expansion of Sha Tau Kok Sewage Treatment Works, Phase 1.

Sustainability Implications: A sustainability assessment was conducted to evaluate the economic, social and environmental implications of the proposed works. The assessment indicated that this will bring improvement to marine water quality, but will inevitably cause mild impacts on natural resources, such as loss of marine habitats. Proper mitigation measures will be implemented to minimize those impacts.

The Hung Shui Kiu New Development Area Project [LegCo Panel Paper]

On 25 April 2017, the Government submitted a paper to the Legislative Council Panel on Development on the implementation arrangements for the Hung Shui Kiu New Development Area ("HSK NDA") Project. The HSK NDA will be the next generation new town of Hong Kong. According to the Revised Recommended Outline Development Plan promulgated in September 2016, the NDA will accommodate a population of about 218,000 and provide about 150,000 employment opportunities upon full development.

Sustainability Implications: An assessment on the sustainability implications of the HSK NDA was carried out. The proposed development is envisaged to help address Hong Kong's long-term housing need, as well as foster economic activities and employment opportunities in the local area through enhanced infrastructure. However, the development would cause changes to the existing rural landscape character and could have impacts on the environment. Growth in population and traffic would also bring about increased pollutant sources and noise. In addition, as the development will require clearance and resettlement, effects on the local communities are anticipated, and potential clearees have raised grave concern during the Stage 3 Community Engagement. The resultant impacts on the residents and the nearby communities should be properly considered and proper mitigation measures arranged to avoid possible disturbance to the community as far as possible. Further sustainability assessments would be conducted with regard to the implementation of individual policy initiatives under the HSK NDA project.


REPORT PERIOD : March 2017

Cross-boundary Movement of Physical Currency and Bearer Negotiable Instruments Bill [LegCo Brief]

On 1 March 2017, the Cross-boundary Movement of Physical Currency and Bearer Negotiable Instruments Bill was introduced to the Legislative Council. The Bill is to establish a declaration and disclosure system on the cross-boundary movement of physical currency and bearer negotiable instruments for the purpose of combating money laundering and terrorist financing, pursuant to Recommendation 32 of the Financial Action Task Force. Recommendation 32 requires the establishment by statute of a system ("R32 System"), which may be based on declaration or disclosure, or a mixed system, to detect the physical cross-boundary transportation of currency and bearer negotiable instruments.

Sustainability Implications: With the proposed new legislation establishing the R32 System, the anti-money laundering and counter-financing of terrorism regime in Hong Kong could better align with international standards for upkeeping Hong Kong's status as an international financial centre. The proposed R32 System is not expected to bring a substantial increase in the compliance costs for the commercial sector and visitors under the proposed declaration and disclosure system. Neither should there be any major adverse economic implications.

Travel Industry Bill [LegCo Brief]

On 8 March 2017, the Travel Industry Bill was introduced into the Legislative Council. The Bill seeks to provide for the establishment of an independent statutory body, the Travel Industry Authority, and the legislative framework for the licensing and regulation of travel agents, tourist guides and tour escorts.

Sustainability Implications: The proposal will help improve the overall quality of the travel industry by enhancing the service quality and professionalism of travel agents, tourist guides and tour escorts. It is expected to be conducive to the sustainable and healthy development of the travel industry in the long run.

Inland Revenue (Amendment) (No.2) Bill 2017 [LegCo Brief]

On 8 March 2017, the Inland Revenue (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2017 was introduced into the Legislative Council. The Bill seeks to give profits tax concessions to qualifying aircraft lessors and qualifying aircraft leasing managers, and to make provisions for profits tax purposes regarding businesses in connection with aircraft.

Sustainability Implications: The proposed profits tax concessions would strengthen the competitiveness of Hong Kong for offshore aircraft leasing activities, which might in turn generate more job opportunities for practitioners in professions relevant to aircraft leasing business.

Declaration of Hung Lau near Shek Kok Tsui Village, Castle Peak, Tuen Mun, New Territories as Proposed Monument under the Antiquities and Monuments Ordinance [LegCo Brief]

On 13 March 2017, the declaration of Hung Lau near Shek Kok Tsui Village, Castle Peak, Tuen Mun, New Territories as proposed monument under the Antiquities and Monuments Ordinance was gazetted.

Sustainability Implications: The declaration is conducive to upholding the sustainability principle of protecting Hong Kong's heritage assets.

Facilitating Cinema Development [LegCo Brief]

On 13 March 2017, the Legislative Council was briefed on the proposal to incorporate the requirement for the provision of cinema in the land sales conditions of two commercial sites to increase convenience to local movie-goers.

Sustainability Implications: The proposal will increase the number of cinemas and provide more choices for consumers. This will help facilitate cinema-going and promote film appreciation. Nonetheless, by imposing a restriction on land use, the proposal may result in a less efficient use of land resources, which would in turn be reflected in the negative impact on land premium.

Draft Tseung Kwan O Outline Zoning Plan ("OZP") Approved [LegCo Brief]

On 14 March 2017, the Chief Executive in Council approved the draft Tseung Kwan O OZP. The major amendments to the OZP were related to the rezoning of an area at the south-eastern part of Tseung Kwan O Area 137 from "Other Specified Uses" annotated "Deep Waterfront Industry" to "Other Specified Uses" annotated "Desalination Plant" to facilitate the development of a proposed desalination plant.

Sustainability Implications: The proposed desalination plant will increase the volume of freshwater supply and provide a secure and alternative freshwater resource for Hong Kong, which is not susceptible to climate change. There will be minor impacts arising from the dredging work for submarine intake and outfall of the proposed desalination plant, but with the implementation of suitable mitigation measures, there should be no unacceptable impact on marine water quality and marine eco-value.

Draft Yi O Outline Zoning Plan ("OZP") Approved [LegCo Brief]

On 14 March 2017, the Chief Executive in Council approved the draft Yi O OZP. The general planning intention of the draft Yi O OZP is to protect the high conservation and landscape value and the rural settings of the area which complement the overall natural character and the landscape beauty of the surrounding Lantau North and Lantau South Country Parks and to make provision for future Small House development for the indigenous villagers of the 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. The habitats with high ecological value in the area would be safeguarded from degradation and the significant landscape resources would also be preserved. Approval of the draft OZP will contribute positively to the overall sustainability of Hong Kong.

Public Works Programme Item No. 357WF
Design and Construction for First Stage of Desalination Plant at Tseung Kwan O [Press Release]

On 24 March 2017, the Government announced that the Chief Executive in Council had authorised the proposed reclamation works within an area of approximately 2.24 hectares of foreshore and seabed at Joss House Bay for the construction of the submarine intake and outfall facilities of the proposed Tseung Kwan O desalination plant.

Sustainability Implications: The proposed works will enable the operation of the Tseung Kwan O desalination plant which will provide an alternative fresh water source not susceptible to climate change to safeguard water security in Hong Kong. The project will also create job opportunities. At the same time, it is acknowledged that the project will bring about environmental concerns. These have been identified in the Environmental Impact Assessment ("EIA") Report and addressed through the statutory EIA process.

Seating Capacity of Light Buses Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017 [LegCo Brief]

At the meeting of the Executive Council on 28 March 2017, the Council advised and the Chief Executive ordered that the Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017 should be introduced into the Legislative Council to (a) increase the maximum seating capacity of light buses (i.e. both public light buses ("PLB") and private light buses) from 16 to 19 seats; (b) provide for transitional arrangement for existing public buses and private buses with seating capacities of 17 to 19 seats and remove obsolete transitional provisions added by the Road Traffic (Amendment) (No. 3) Ordinance 1988 (89 of 1988); and (c) make consequential amendments.

Sustainability Implications: The seat increase proposal would effectively increase the handling capacity of the PLB trade for meeting the excess demand during peak hours. This would help improve the financial performance of the trade, thereby relieving fare increase pressure. From passengers' perspective, they can enjoy better PLB service with shorter waiting time, especially during peak hours. The seat increase proposal will increase the overall carrying capacity of public and private light buses without having to increase the number of vehicles. Hence the proposal will not bring any negative environmental impact, such as roadside emission. Indeed, when the operators advance their replacement schedules of some pre-Euro IV short wheelbase vehicles by new and environmentally friendly long wheelbase vehicles, it will help improve the roadside air quality.

New Franchise for the Bus Network of the Kowloon Motor Bus Company (1933) Limited [LegCo Brief]

At the meeting of Executive Council on 28 March 2017, the Council advised and the Chief Executive ordered that a new franchise, conferring upon the Kowloon Motor Bus Company (1933) Limited ("KMB") the right to operate a bus network for ten years from 0400 hours on 1 July 2017 to 0400 hours on 1 July 2027, be granted with certain conditions under section 5 of the Public Bus Services Ordinance (Cap. 230).

Sustainability Implications: The granting of a new franchise to KMB will ensure the provision of reliable and efficient public bus services to the travelling public, which is essential to the sustainable development of the community.

Proposed Private Treaty Grant of the Site of the Former Central Market to Urban Renewal Authority [Press Release]

On 29 March 2017, the Government announced that Chief Executive in Council had approved in-principle that the site of the former Central Market be granted to the Urban Renewal Authority ("URA") by private treaty for a term of 21 years to enable URA to conserve and revitalize the Central Market Building.

Sustainability Implications: The historical Central Market Building will be preserved by URA under the proposal, and this is in line with the sustainability principle of protecting Hong Kong's built heritage.


REPORT PERIOD : February 2017

Taxi Fare Increase Applications Road Traffic (Public Service Vehicles) (Amendment) Regulation 2017 [LegCo Brief]

At the meeting of the Executive Council on 7 February 2017, the Council advised and the Chief Executive ordered that the charge for hiring of urban, NT and Lantau taxis and additional fare for baggage should be increased with effect from 9 April 2017.

Sustainability Implications: The proposal helps relieve the mounting pressure brought by increasing operating costs being faced by taxi operators and improve the financial position of particularly the frontline drivers. Nevertheless, the proposed fare increases would bring extra cost to taxi passengers, in particular to those middle-income groups who use taxi services more frequently.

Draft Tung Chung Extension Area Outline Zoning Plan ("OZP") Approved [LegCo Brief]

On 7 February 2017, the Chief Executive in Council approved the draft Tung Chung Extension Area ("the Area") OZP. The OZP is prepared to take forward the recommendations of the Tung Chung New Town ("TCNT") Extension Study and its objective is to extend the existing Tung Chung New Town into a distinct community which can meet housing, social, economic, environmental and local needs.

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 develop the Area as part of the balanced community of TCNT. The proposed development in the Area would contribute to enhancing the economy through job creation and achieving social benefits by providing social and recreational facilities. There would be adverse water quality, marine ecology and landscape impacts from reclamation. Furthermore, the population growth, economic activities and increase in traffic will also contribute to carbon dioxide emission in Tung Chung. The future residents in the Area may be exposed to noise arising from aircrafts taking off and landing at the airport. These adverse impacts can be minimised through mitigation measures and detailed design of the proposed developments in the Area.

Draft Tung Chung Valley OZP Approved [LegCo Brief]

On 7 February 2017, the Chief Executive in Council approved the draft Tung Chung Valley ("TCV") OZP. The general planning intention of the OZP is to conserve the ecologically sensitive areas, to protect the rural and natural character, to maintain the unique landscape character and cultural heritage of the Area. Land is also reserved for Small House development by indigenous villagers. Areas suitable for low-rise, low-density development compatible with the rural and natural environment is also reserved based on the Recommended Outline Development Plan formulated under the Tung Chung New Town Extension Study.

Sustainability Implications: The Plan provides a planning framework with detailed land use zonings to guide and control future development in TCV with a view to striking a proper balance between conservation and development needs. The natural habitats with high ecological and scientific value in TCV will be protected from disturbance. The marine and river water quality will be safeguarded from pollution discharged from villages and proposed development. Significant landscape resources in TCV would also be preserved. It will contribute positively to the overall sustainability of Hong Kong. Nevertheless, there will be some loss of woodland and habitats due to site formation and construction works. The population growth, economic activities and increase in traffic will also contribute to carbon dioxide emission in Tung Chung. Moreover, the future residents in TCV may be exposed to noise arising from aircrafts taking off and landing at the airport. Suitable mitigation measures should be adopted to alleviate such impacts.

Draft Tung Chung Town Centre Area OZP Approved [LegCo Brief]

On 7 February 2017, the Chief Executive in Council approved the draft Tung Chung Town Centre Area ("TCTC") OZP. The amendments to the OZP mainly involved the extension of the planning scheme area of the Plan to include the existing developments in TCTC and the proposed developments under the Tung Chung New Town Extension Study; the excision of areas north of Ying Hei Road from the planning scheme area for inclusion into the draft Tung Chung Extension Area OZP; the incorporation of a proposed commercial development in Area 6 in TCTC; the inclusion/excision of areas to tally with the existing coastline and the boundary of the Country Parks; and minor adjustments to the boundary of the zonings to tally with the lease boundaries and to reflect the as-built situation and existing land features.

Sustainability Implications: The rezoning of a piece of land adjoining the Tung Chung Railway Station for commercial development represents a better utilisation of land resources and will create employment opportunities. The amendments will contribute to enhancing the economy and achieving social benefits by providing housing, social and recreational facilities. Nevertheless, the population growth, economic activities and increase in traffic in Tung Chung will also contribute to carbon dioxide emission and waste generation. These adverse impacts can be minimised through the implementation of mitigation measures and detailed design.

Draft Tsing Yi OZP Approved [LegCo Brief]

On 7 February 2017, the Chief Executive in Council approved the draft Tsing Yi OZP. The major proposed amendment to the OZP was to rezone a site at Tsing Hung Road from "Open Space" ("O") to "Residential (Group A) 4" ("R(A)4") to facilitate a proposed public housing development with about 2,800 public housing units and an estimated population of about 6,500.

Sustainability Implications: The amendments for public rental housing development would increase the land supply for public housing to meet the pressing housing need and help shorten the waiting time for public housing. Job opportunities will be created during construction and operation phases. Nevertheless, the proposed public rental housing development may bring slight traffic, noise, air ventilation, visual and landscape impacts on the local areas and lead to additional energy consumption and waste generated. Suitable mitigation measures should be adopted to alleviate such possible impacts.

Air Pollution Control (Vehicle Design Standards) (Emission) (Amendment) Regulation 2017 [LegCo Brief]

On 22 February 2017, under section 43 of the Air Pollution Control Ordinance, the Air Pollution Control (Vehicle Design Standards) (Emission) (Amendment) Regulation 2017 was tabled at the Legislative Council for negative vetting. The Amendment Regulation is to implement in phases Euro VI emission standards for newly registered motor vehicles (except diesel private cars, buses of design weight not more than 9 tonnes, light buses of design weight more than 3.5 tonnes, motor cycles and tricycles); and to tighten the emission standards for newly registered diesel private cars from California LEV II to LEV III, starting from 1 July 2017.

Sustainability Implications: The Amendment Regulation can improve roadside air quality and it is in line with the sustainability principles of avoiding environmental problems and providing a living environment which protects public health. Better air quality is also conducive to improving the quality of life.

Public Works Programme Item No. 7786CL Tung Chung New Town Extension (TCNTE) [Gazette Notice]

On 24 February 2017, the Government announced that, in accordance with the Foreshore and Seabed (Reclamation) Ordinance, the Chief Executive in Council had authorised the reclamation works within an area of approximately 200 hectares of foreshore and sea-bed situated at the waters to the northeast of Tung Chung: (a) Construction of approximately 4.9 kilometres of seawall; (b) Filling of the sea-bed to form approximately 129 hectares of land for TCNTE and construction of a road joining to North Lantau Highway near Tai Ho; and (c) Demolition of the existing Pak Mong Pier and re-provisioning of landing steps in new seawall nearby.

Sustainability Implications: The sustainability evaluation shows that the proposed reclamation works would bring positive impact on job opportunities and housing supply but would have potential negative impacts on marine ecology and energy consumption.

Development of Kai Tak Sports Park [LegCo Panel Paper]

On 27 February 2017, Legislative Council Members were briefed on the progress of the preparation and the procurement arrangement in respect of the Kai Tak Sports Parks project. The Kai Tak Sports Park to provide modern multi-purpose sports venues to support the sports development.

Sustainability Implications: The sustainability analysis indicated that there are no significant sustainability implications insofar as the proposed procurement and contractual arrangements are concerned.


REPORT PERIOD : January 2017

Draft Fanling/Sheung Shui OZP Approved [LegCo Brief]

On 3 January 2017, the Chief Executive in Council approved the draft Fanling/Sheung Shui OZP. The amendments are mainly related to the rezoning of a site at rezoning of a site at Fanling/Sheung Shui Planning Area 48 (FSS Area 48) from "Industrial" ("I") and "Green Belt" ("GB") to "Residential (Group A)3" ("R(A)3") with stipulation of building height restriction; rezoning of a site at FSS Area 48 from "I" and "GB" to "Government, Institution or Community" ("G/IC") for school and other government uses; rezoning of a site at FSS Area 48 from "I" to "G/IC" for school development; and incorporation of a minor relaxation clause for plot ratio / building height restrictions in the Remarks of the Notes for the "I" zone.

Sustainability Implications: The amendments to facilitate public housing and GIC developments would help foster a stable and equitable society through provision of housing units and school places to more people. Nevertheless, the amendments may result in potential environmental impacts such as air quality, air ventilation, landscape and visual impacts on the local area. Suitable mitigation measures should be adopted to alleviate any potential adverse impacts.

Draft Kuk Po, Fung Hang and Yung Shue Au OZP [LegCo Brief]

On 3 January 2017, the Chief Executive in Council approved the draft Kuk Po, Fung Hang and Yung Shue Au OZP. The objective of the OZP is to indicate the broad land-use zonings for the area of Kuk Po, Fung Hang and Yung Shue Au ("the Area") so that the development and redevelopment within the Area can be put under statutory planning control.

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. The natural habitats with high ecological and landscape value in the Area would be safeguarded from degradation and the significant landscape features would remain in a natural state. The marine and river water quality would be safeguarded from pollution discharged from haphazard development.

Draft Aberdeen & Ap Lei Chau OZP Approved [LegCo Brief]

On 3 January 2017, the Chief Executive in Council approved the draft Aberdeen & Ap Lei Chau Outline Zoning Plan. The amendments are mainly involved the rezoning of a site at Lee Nam Road for residential development; rezoning of a strip of land fronting Ap Lei Chau West Industrial Area to "Open Space" ("O") and rezoning the Ap Lei Chau West Industrial Area from "Industrial" to "Other Specified Uses" annotated "Business" ("OU(B)4").

Sustainability Implications: The amendment for residential use will increase the land supply for private residential development which could help meet the housing demand. The rezoning of the Ap Lei Chau Industrial Area to business use will bring environmental improvements to the area through phasing out polluting industries. The improvements include better air quality and potential reduction in energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions. However, the amendments will also lead to more construction waste and reduction in landfill capacity as well as potential industrial noise to the future residents during the transformation. Suitable mitigation measures should be adopted in the proposed residential development to alleviate the possible impacts.

Minimum Wage Ordinance (Amendment of Schedule 3) Notice 2017 [LegCo Brief]

At the meeting of the Executive Council on 10 January 2017, the Council advised and the Chief Executive ordered that (a) the recommendation of the Minimum Wage Commission on the revised Statutory Minimum Wage ("SMW") rate of $34.5 per hour be accepted and the effective date be set at 1 May 2017; and (b) the Minimum Wage Ordinance (Amendment of Schedule 3) Notice 2017 be made under section 16(1) of the Minimum Wage Ordinance to implement the decisions at (a) above.

Sustainability Implications: The increased SMW rate would have positive impact on income distribution and on improving self-reliance, family solidarity and social cohesion. However, those enterprises that are persistently making losses or competing on prices rather than quality may be subject to greater operation pressure.

Stamp Duty (Amendment) Bill 2017 [LegCo Brief]

At the meeting of the Executive Council on 17 January 2017, the Council advised and the Chief Executive ordered that the Stamp Duty (Amendment) Bill should be introduced into the Legislative Council. The amendment of the Stamp Duty Ordinance is to give effect to the proposal of introducing a new flat rate of 15% for the ad valorem stamp duty ("AVD") chargeable on residential property transactions, in lieu of the existing AVD rates at Scale 1 (commonly known as "doubled ad valorem stamp duty" ("DSD")).

Sustainability Implications: The new measure aims to ensure the healthy and stable development of the property market by curbing excessive investment demand in the residential property market, which is crucial to the sustainable development of Hong Kong as a whole.


REPORT PERIOD : December 2016

Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan for Hong Kong [LegCo Brief]

At the meeting of the Executive Council on 6 December 2016, the Council advised and the Chief Executive ordered that the first city-level Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan for Hong Kong be endorsed for implementation. The first BSAP for Hong Kong has two parts: the first part takes stock of the status of biodiversity in Hong Kong, summarises the conservation efforts made, and sets out the challenges our biodiversity is facing; the seocnd part includes a strategy as well as a specific and practical action plan.

Sustainability Implications: The proposal will provide administrative and planning guidance on the conservation of our biodiversity for 2016 – 2021. It will allow us to make informed decisions on biodiversity conservation and build synergy on the sustainable development of Hong Kong, in particular on aspects relating to the use of natural resources, biodiversity conservation, leisure and cultural vibrancy and environmental quality. This will help promote awareness on biodiversity conservation and sustainable development to different sectors of the society.

Approval for Tung Wah College to Award Degrees [LegCo Brief]

At the meeting of the Executive Council on 6 December 2016, the Council advised and the Chief Executive ordered that approval should be granted to Tung Wah College to award degrees for Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Medical Laboratory Science and Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Radiation Therapy programmes.

Sustainability Implications: The proposal has positive sustainability implications in improving education opportunities.

Draft Cheung Sha Wan OZP Approved [LegCo Brief]

On 6 December 2016, the Chief Executive in Council approved the draft Cheung Sha Wan OZP. The major amendments include the rezoning of a site at the junction of Yu Chau West Street and Wing Hong Street from "Government, Institution or Community" to "Other Specified Uses" annotated "Business (5)" ("Item A") and the rezoning of a site at Cheung Shun Street near Lai Chi Kok Road from "Government, Institution or Community" to "Commercial (6)" ("Item B").

Sustainability Implications: The rezoning of Items A and B will increase the land supply for business and commercial development and increase employment opportunities, bringing about economic and social benefits. Nevertheless, the proposed business and commercial development may bring slight traffic, air ventilation and visual impacts on the local areas, and lead to additional energy consumption and waste generation. Suitable mitigation measures should be adopted by the future developers to alleviate such possible impacts.

Draft Tsz Wan Shan, Diamond Hill & San Po Kong OZP Approved [LegCo Brief]

On 6 December 2016, the Chief Executive in Council approved the draft Tsz Wan Shan, Diamond Hill & San Po Kong OZP. The amendments mainly relate to the rezoning of a site at Sheung Fung Street from "Government, Institution or Community" to "Residential (Group A)" with stipulation of building height to facilitate development of departmental quarters for the Customs and Excise Department; and the incorporation of "Art Studio (excluding those involving direct provision of services or goods)" as a Column 1 use in Schedule II for "Other Specified Uses" annotated "Business" zone of the Notes.

Sustainability Implications: The proposed departmental quarters will help to meet the demand for married quarters. Nevertheless, the proposed departmental quarters may bring slight traffic, air ventilation and visual impacts on the locals areas and lead to additional energy consumption. Suitable mitigation measures should be adopted to alleviate such possible impacts. Other than those set out above, there are no major sustainability implications.

Proposal of Constructing a New Gas-fired Generating Unit by CLP Power Hong Kong Limited and Castle Peak Power Company Limited to implement the 2020 Fuel Mix [LegCo Brief]

On 13 December 2016, the Government announced that the Chief Executive in Council had approved CLP Power Hong Kong Limited and Castle Peak Power Company Limited (referred to collectively as CLP) to construct a new gas-fired generating unit to implement the 2020 Fuel Mix.

Sustainability Implications: A sustainability assessment on CLP's proposal shows that with less reliance on coal-fired generation, the emission of air pollutants from coal-fired generation can be reduced significantly. This will improve air quality and reduce respiratory diseases. The proposal will also reduce carbon emission and in turn make positive contribution to combat climate change.

The Plan for Phasing Out the Local Trade in Elephant Ivory [LegCo Brief]

At the meeting of the Executive Council on 13 December 2016, to fulfil the Government's commitment in the 2016 Policy Address, the Council advised and the Chief Executive ordered that a three-step plan to phase out the local trade in ivory and to impose heavier penalties on smuggling and illegal trading of endangered species be taken forward.

Sustainability Implications: The sustainability assessment revealed some negative implications arising from the loss of jobs for ivory craftsmen. This could to some extent be mitigated through the re-employment training to be provided.

Enhanced Financial Arrangement for the West Kowloon Cultural District ("WKCD") [LegCo Brief]

At the meeting of the Executive Council on 13 December 2016, the Council advised and the Chief Executive ordered that Government should grant the development right of the entire hotel/office/residential portion of WKCD to WKCD Authority at nominal premium.

Sustainability Implications: The proposal will provide WKCD Authority the financial capacity to develop the remaining WKCD facilities which could not only support the development of arts and culture in Hong Kong but also add impetus to and diversify economy as well as create opportunities for young people.

Proposed Road Works at Murray Road and Queensway, Central [Press Release]

On 16 December 2016, the Government announced that, in accordance with the Roads (Works, Use and Compensation) Ordinance, the Chief Executive in Council had authorised the road works on Murray Road and Queensway in Central. The proposed road works are required for the redevelopment of the Murray Road Multi-Storey Carpark Building in Murray Road, Central.

Sustainability Implications: The proposed road works themselves do not have any significant economic implications. Yet if the proposed road works are authorised, the proposed land sale of the site and the redevelopment of the Murray Road Multi-Storey Carpark Building in Murray Road can be implemented, thereby increasing the supply of land for commercial uses and facilitating the future economic development in Hong Kong. The proposed road works is not a designated project under the Environmental Impact Assessment Ordinance (Chapter 499). The developer shall implement relevant pollution control measures during the construction stage to minimise the potential environmental nuisances caused.


REPORT PERIOD : November 2016

Draft Central District OZP Approved [LegCo Brief]

On 1 November 2016, the Chief Executive in Council approved the draft Central District OZP. The amendments mainly relate to the rezoning of the Murray Road Multi-storey Carpark and Queensway Plaza sites for commercial developments.

Sustainability Implications: The proposed rezoning of the Murray Road Multi-storey Carpark and Queensway Plaza sites will achieve better utilisation of valuable land at a prominent location in Hong Kong, help sustain Hong Kong’s economic growth and create job opportunities. However, the proposed commercial developments might bring adverse visual and air ventilation impacts to the surrounding areas, lead to additional energy consumption and reduce the land available for provision of "Government, Institution or Community" facilities in the district.

Hong Kong 2030+:
Towards a Planning Vision and Strategy Transcending 2030 [LegCo Panel Paper]

On 2 November 2016, the Government submitted a paper to the Legislative Council Panel on Development on Hong Kong 2030+: Towards a Planning Vision and Strategy Transcending 2030. Hong Kong 2030+ aims to examine the strategies and feasible options for the overall spatial planning, land and infrastructure development, and the shaping of the built and natural environment for Hong Kong beyond 2030. The six-month public engagement exercise for Hong Kong 2030+ was held from end-October 2016 to end-April 2017.

Sustainability Implications: Hong Kong 2030+ will continue to champion sustainable development with a view to meeting our present and future social, environmental and economic needs and aspirations. An initial assessment indicates that while the proposed enhanced approach would have positive implications on the economic and social fronts by better preparing Hong Kong to move up the value chain and diversify our economic base to embrace future economic challenges and opportunities, as well as raising the standard and quality of living through enhancement of living space and provision of more facilities and open space, this could have potential impacts in terms of increased greenhouse gas emissions, energy consumption and waste generation associated with territorial development. Further sustainability assessments would be conducted when specific policy initiatives or proposals are developed.

Designation of the Brothers Marine Park [LegCo Brief]

On 4 November 2016, the Government announced that the Chief Executive in Council had approved the designation of the Brothers Marine Park ("BMP") under section 15 of the Marine Parks Ordinance.

Sustainability Implications: The designation of the BMP might affect the livelihood of bona fide fishermen and marine operators but would help enhance marine eco-value and manage marine habitat. It is conducive to maintaining the marine biodiversity of Hong Kong in a sustainable way.

Comprehensive Review of the Strategy of Handling Non-refoulement Claims [LegCo Brief]

On 11 November 2016, the Legislative Council was informed of the progress of the comprehensive review of the strategy of handling non-refoulement claims and major developments planned, particularly on the introduction of (a) pre-arrival registration for Indian visitors, in order to prevent those with higher immigration risks (e.g. those likely to overstay/lodge non-refoulement claims) from boarding a plane or ship to Hong Kong, and (b) a pilot scheme for providing publicly-funded legal assistance to non-refoulement claimants. The scheme is to tap into additional resources from the existing pool of lawyers to provide publicly-funded legal assistance to more claimants.

Sustainability Implications: The proposals have positive sustainability implications on social and public order as they could reduce illegal immigration.

Road Works under PWP Item No. B780CL Site Formation and Infrastructure Works for Development at Wang Chau, Yuen Long [Press Release]

On 11 November 2016, the Government announced that, in accordance with the Roads (Works, Use and Compensation) Ordinance, the Chief Executive in Council had authorised the road works for development in Wang Chau, Yuen Long. The proposed road works are required to meet the anticipated traffic demand generated by the future developments at Wang Chau.

Sustainability Implications: The proposed road scheme aims to support the anticipated traffic generated by the future development at Wang Chau and facilitate access to the area. It would cause some environmental nuisances such as dust, construction waste, etc during the construction stage and increase energy consumption and hence carbon dioxide emission, as well as other vehicular emissions during the operation stage, but the impacts are not expected to be significant.

Sewerage Works under PWP Item No. B780CL - Site Formation and Infrastructure Works for Development at Wang Chau, Yuen Long [Press Release]

On 11 November 2016, the Government announced that, in accordance with the Roads (Works, Use and Compensation) Ordinance, the Chief Executive in Council had authorised the proposed sewerage works for the development at Wang Chau, Yuen Long. The scheme will provide the essential sewerage infrastructure to properly handle the sewage generated from the proposed public housing development at Wang Chau.

Sustainability Implications: The proposed sewerage scheme provides the infrastructure to handle all the sewage generated from the proposed public housing development at Wang Chau. The proposed sewerage scheme itself has no significant implications on the sustainable development of Hong Kong.

Port Control (Cargo Working Areas) Regulation 2016 [LegCo Brief]

At the meeting of the Executive Council on 22 November 2016, the Council advised and the Acting Chief Executive ordered that the Port Control (Cargo Working Areas) (Amendment) Regulation 2016, should be made under Section 6 of the Port Control (Cargo Working Areas) Ordinance, to introduce a concessionary rate of Vehicle Entry Ticket fee at $25 for goods vehicles staying in Public Cargo Working Areas ("PCWAs") for not more than 30 minutes.

Sustainability Implications: The proposal would help alleviate the operating costs of the trucking trade, and possibly PCWA operators. Also, it would provide incentive for truckers to leave PCWAs within 30 minutes by enhancing its cargo handling efficiency, thus expediting turn-over and lessening congestion in the working aprons.

Road Works under PWP Item No. 776CL (Part) Site Formation and Infrastructure Works for Development at Kam Tin South, Yuen Long [Press Release]

On 25 November 2016, the Government announced that, in accordance with the Roads (Works, Use and Compensation) Ordinance, the Chief Executive in Council had authorised the proposed road works in Kam Tin South, Yuen Long. The proposed works are required to meet the anticipated traffic demand generated by the future development at Kam Tin South.

Sustainability Implications: The Scheme will support the anticipated traffic growth arising from the proposed housing developments at Kam Sheung Road Station, Pat Heung Maintenance Centre and some sites at Kam Tin South. However, some environmental nuisances such as fugitive dust and construction waste may arise during the construction stage.

Proposed Road Works for the Future West Rail Kam Sheung Road Station Phase 1 Property Development [Press Release]

On 25 November 2016, the Government announced that, in accordance with the Roads (Works, Use and Compensation) Ordinance, the Chief Executive in Council had authorised the road works near West Rail Kam Sheung Road Station. The proposed road works are required to serve the future West Rail Kam Sheung Road Station Phase 1 Property Development.

Sustainability Implications: The proposed road works are essential to the implementation of Kam Sheung Road Station Phase 1 Development, which would utilise the land resources adjacent to the West Rail Kam Sheung Road Station for development to meet the housing demand of the community. This could in turn relieve the pressure of developing other lands with higher conservation value. However, the proposed road works may cause some environmental nuisances such as fugitive dust and construction waste during the construction stage.

Special Helping Measures for Six Major Outlying Island Ferry Routes for the Next Three Years Licence Period 2017-20 [LegCo Panel Paper]

In November 2016, the Legislative Council was briefed on the arrangement of extending the licence of the six major outlying island ferry routes for three years (2017-20). This includes continued provision of special helping measures at an estimated amount of some $410 million for the three-year licence period and approval of an average fare increase rate of around 4%.

Sustainability Implications: The recommendations will help enhance the affordability of the ferry services between the outlying islands and the urban area which would facilitate the needy groups to participate in society and attain self-reliance as well as encourage more families to travel to outlying islands thus enhancing family relationship.


REPORT PERIOD : October 2016

Private Columbaria Bill [LegCo Brief]

At the meeting of the Executive Council on 18 October 2016, the Council advised and the Chief Executive ordered that the Private Columbaria Bill should be re-introduced to the Legislative Council. Under the Bill, a private columbarium has to obtain a specified instrument (in the form of a licence, an exemption or a temporary suspension of liability) in order to be able to operate.

Sustainability Implications: Under the proposal, some existing unauthorised private columbaria, which should otherwise be subject to enforcement actions, will be allowed to continue to exist while they are applying for or holding a specified instrument subject to certain conditions being met. This will make more efficient use of existing private columbarium facilities, hence freeing up scarce land resources for other priority uses by society. Besides, as the Licensing Board would be able to impose conditions on private columbaria including, inter alia, plans to control nuisance, on crowd management and to prevent any potential environmental problems that may arise, the impact on the living environment of the neighbourhood by the continued operation of these private columbaria would be put under control under the licensing scheme. The proposal will thus have a positive impact on sustainability.

Draft Yuen Long OZP Approved [LegCo Brief]

On 18 October 2016, the Chief Executive in Council approved the draft Yuen Long OZP. The amendments mainly involve the rezoning of a site at the junction of Shap Pat Heung Road and Tai Shu Ha Road West in Ma Tin Pok from "Government, Institution or Community(1)" and "Village Type Development" to "Government, Institution or Community(5)" to facilitate development of a Youth Hostel by Po Leung Kuk.

Sustainability Implications: The proposed youth hostel development will provide a self-contained living space for young people and increase the ability of the youth to achieve self-reliance. Suitable mitigation measures should be adopted to alleviate any possible environmental impacts resulted from the proposed development.

Lifts Installation at Sham Shui Po Footbridge [Press Release]

On 28 October 2016, the Government announced that, in accordance with the Roads (Works, Use and Compensation) Ordinance, the Chief Executive in Council has authorised the installation of two lifts at the footbridge near Beacon Heights and Shek Kip Mei Service Reservoir Playground in Sham Shui Po. The works are part of the Universal Accessibility Programme.

Sustainability Implications: The proposed project is in line with the principle of facilitating mobility by providing safe and accessible pedestrian facilities that benefit the elderly, persons with disabilities and the public in need. While the operation of the proposed lifts would give rise to energy consumption and hence carbon dioxide emission, the magnitude is not expected to be significant.


REPORT PERIOD : September 2016

Approval for Caritas Institute of Higher Education and Hong Kong College of Technology Institute of Higher Education to award degrees [LegCo Brief]

At the meeting of the Executive Council on 6 September 2016, the Council advised and the Chief Executive ordered that approval should be granted to (a) Caritas Institute of Higher Education to award degrees for Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) programme; and (b) Hong Kong College of Technology Institute of Higher Education to award degree for Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Social Development Studies (Social Innovation and the Environment) programme.

Sustainability Implications: The proposal has positive sustainability implications in improving education opportunities although the impact is not very significant in view of the number of places involved.

Additional Generation Capacity of The Hongkong Electric Company, Limited ("HKE") to Implement the 2020 Fuel Mix [LegCo Brief]

On 20 September 2016, the Government announced that the Chief Executive in Council had approved The Hongkong Electric Company, Limited to construct a new gas-fired generating unit with a view to contributing to the implementation of the 2020 Fuel Mix Target.

Sustainability Implications: A sustainability assessment on HKE's proposal shows that with less reliance on coal-fired generation, the emission of air pollutants from coal-fired generation can be reduced significantly. This will improve air quality and reduce respiratory diseases. The proposal will also reduce carbon emission and in turn make positive contribution to combat climate change. However, this may also lead to higher electricity tariff due to reduced reliance on less expensive but more polluting coal.

Review of the Minimum Allowable Wage ("MAW") and Food Allowance for Foreign Domestic Helpers, as well as the Income and Asset Thresholds for FDH Employers [Press Release]

On 30 September 2016, the Government announced that the level of minimum allowable wage ("MAW") for foreign domestic helpers would be increased from HK$4,210 to HK$4,310 per month; and the level of food allowance (in lieu of free food) would also be increased from not less than HK$995 per month to not less than HK$1,037 per month. The new levels of MAW and food allowance are applicable to all contracts signed on or after 1 October 2016.

Sustainability Implications: The proposal should not have significant sustainability implications.


REPORT PERIOD : August 2016

Resumption of Land for Purpose-built Complex of Residential Care Homes for the Elderly ("RCHE") in Area 29 of Kwu Tung North New Development Area ("KTN NDA") [Press Release]

On 12 August 2016, the Government announced that the Chief Executive in Council had decided to resume land in Area 29 of Kwu Tung North New Development Area ("KTN NDA") for the construction of a purpose-built complex of residential care homes for the elderly ("RCHE").

Sustainability Implications: The Project would facilitate the provision of land for construction of a new RCHE complex in Area 29 of KTN NDA to accommodate the elderly residents affected by the development of KTN NDA as well as other eligible elderlies. This would have positive implications in terms of provision of a safety net for them. Environmental nuisances such as noise and air pollutants would be generated during the construction of the Project, and the new RCHE would potentially consume more energy than the existing one, though such implications are not expected to be significant in view of the scale of the project.

Draft Wong Nai Chung OZP Approved [LegCo Brief]

On 16 August 2016, the Chief Executive in Council approved the draft Wong Nai Chung OZP. The amendments are mainly related to the revisions to the stipulated maximum building height for two "Government, Institution or Community" sites at 9 Village Road and 66 Leighton Road.

Sustainability Implications: The proposed amendments will have some positive socio-economic impacts in terms of provision of more gross floor area for GIC facilities. There will be some minor adverse visual, landscape, air ventilation, traffic, heritage and environmental impacts on the surroundings and mitigation measures have been proposed.

PWP Item No. 5758CL Site Formation and Associated Infrastructural Works for Development of Columbarium, Crematorium and Related Facilities at Sandy Ridge Cemetery – Widening of Sha Ling Road and Construction of Roads B and C [Press Release]

On 26 August 2016, the Government announced that, in accordance with the Roads (Works, Use and Compensation) Ordinance, the Chief Executive in Council had authorised the works on "PWP Item No. 5758CL - Site Formation and Associated Infrastructural Works for Development of Columbarium, Crematorium and Related Facilities at Sandy Ridge Cemetery - Widening of Sha Ling Road and Construction of Roads B and C (Formerly known as PWP Item No. 5758CL - Site Formation and Associated Infrastructural Works for Development of Columbarium, Crematorium and Related Facilities at Sandy Ridge Cemetery – Widening of Sha Ling Road and Construction of Roads A, B and C)". The proposed road works are required to serve the anticipated traffic demand induced by the future development of columbarium, crematorium and related facilities at Sandy Ridge Cemetery.

Sustainability Implications: The proposed road scheme will improve the traffic condition of Sha Ling Road and provide new access roads to the proposed public columbarium, crematorium and associated facilities. However, the Project will also cause some minor negative impacts on the environment such as air pollutants and noise generated by traffic.

Draft Po Toi Islands OZP Approved [LegCo Brief]

On 30 August 2016, the Chief Executive in Council approved the draft Po Toi Islands OZP. The objective of the OZP is to indicate the broad land-use zonings for the area of Po Toi Islands ("the Area") so that the development and redevelopment within the Area can be put under statutory planning control.

Sustainability Implications: The OZP 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. The natural habitats with high ecological and scientific value in the Area would be protected from disturbance. The marine and river water quality would be safeguarded from pollution discharged from haphazard development. Significant landscape resources in the Area would also be preserved. It will contribute positively to the overall sustainability of Hong Kong.

Draft Kam Tin South OZP Approved [LegCo Brief]

On 30 August 2016, the Chief Executive in Council approved the draft Kam Tin South OZP. The amendments are mainly related to the rezoning of a site occupied by the West Rail ("WR") Kam Sheung Road Station and adjoining areas ("the KSRS site") to the east of Tsing Long Highway from area shown as "Railway" to "Other Specified Uses" ("OU") annotated "Railway Station and Public Transport Interchange with Commercial/Residential Development" with stipulation of building height ("BH") restriction; and rezoning of a site occupied by the WR Pat Heung Maintenance Centre and railway tracks to the east of Tsing Long Highway from area shown as "Railway" to "OU" annotated "Railway Depot with Commercial/Residential Development" with stipulation of BH restriction.

Sustainability Implications: The zoning amendments for residential use would increase the supply of residential flats to meet the acute housing demand and the zoning amendments for commercial development would provide job opportunities in the vicinity and have some positive impacts on the economy of Hong Kong. Nevertheless, the proposed residential/commercial developments would result in small deterioration in some environmental parameters, and the additional electricity consumption will contribute towards greenhouse gases emission. Some of the future residents may be subject to the rail or traffic noise impacts. Appropriate mitigation measures should be adopted to alleviate such impacts.


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REPORT PERIOD : June 2016

Proposed Amendments to the Scheme of Airport Charges Made by the Airport Authority Hong Kong [LegCo Brief]

At the meeting of the Executive Council on 7 June 2016, the Council advised and the Chief Executive ordered that the revised Scheme of Airport Charges proposed by the Airport Authority Hong Kong ("AA") should be approved in accordance with section 34 of the Airport Authority Ordinance to increase the landing and parking charges at the Hong Kong International Airport ("HKIA").

Sustainability Implications: The proposed increase in landing and parking charges may have some negative impact on the competitiveness of the HKIA in terms of its level of airport charges. That said, the competitiveness of the HKIA is influenced by a myriad of factors, including its network and connectivity, passenger service and operational efficiency. Overall speaking, implementing the proposed increase in landing and parking charges would help ensure AA's financial capacity to take forward the three-runway system project, which is vital to maintaining and strengthening the economic competitiveness of Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Jockey Club's Proposals on Horse Racing Activities [LegCo Brief]

On 14 June 2016, the Executive Council advised and the Chief Executive ordered that the Hong Kong Jockey Club would be allowed to arrange eight additional simulcast occasions on non-local race days ("simulcast days"), i.e. from the current 15 simulcast days plus ten individual non-local races on local race days ("simulcast races") to 23 simulcast days plus ten simulcast races; and arrange five additional local horse race meetings on weeknights, i.e. increasing the total number of local horse race meetings from 83 to 88 in each racing season from 1 September to 16 July starting from the 2016/17 racing season.

Sustainability Implications: The sustainability assessment indicates that the proposal would have some positive impacts on government revenue, job creation, and inbound tourism; and some small negative impacts on the environment arising from additional carbon emission and waste generated.

Resumption of Land for Implementation of Development Project DL-10:KT by the Urban Renewal Authority at Hang On Street, Kwun Tong, Kowloon [Gazette Notice]

On 16 June 2016, the Government announced that the Chief Executive in Council had decided to resume land for implementation of development project DL-10:KT by the Urban Renewal Authority at Hang On Street, Kwun Tong, Kowloon.

Sustainability Implications: The development project will replace the poor and deteriorated building by a new modern building, hence upgrading the local environment. It will also enhance the vibrancy of the local economy and create more job opportunities. However, the development project will bring temporary adverse noise and air impact to the surrounding area during the construction stage. It may also cause transitory disruption to the residents, in particular, to vulnerable groups such as the elderly, as they need to move out or be relocated. Suitable measures should be put in place to minimise any potential disruption.

Approval for Hang Seng Management College to Award Degrees [LegCo Brief]

At the meeting of the Executive Council on 28 June 2016, the Council advised and the Chief Executive ordered that approval should be granted to Hang Seng Management College to award degrees for the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Convergent Media and Communication Technology programme.

Sustainability Implications: The proposal has positive sustainability implications in improving education opportunities although the impact is not very significant in view of the number of places involved.


REPORT PERIOD : May 2016

Draft Ta Kwu Ling North OZP Approved [LegCo Brief]

On 3 May 2016, the Chief Executive in Council approved the draft Ta Kwu Ling North OZP. The objective of the OZP is to indicate the broad land-use zonings for the area of Ta Kwu Ling North ("the Area") so that the development and redevelopment within the Area can be put under statutory planning control.

Sustainability Implications: The OZP 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 contribute positively to the overall sustainability of Hong Kong.

Proposed Participation in the Mainland's Free Trade Agreements [LegCo Brief]

At the meeting of the Executive Council on 3 May 2016, the Council advised and the Chief Executive ordered that Hong Kong should participate as a separate customs territory and a separate signatory in Mainland"s Free Trade Agreement ("FTA") negotiations with Georgia and Maldives respectively. Establishing the two FTAs would bring economic benefits to Hong Kong, provide Hong Kong with better access to these two emerging markets, and create more business opportunities beneficial to Hong Kong's long-term economic growth.

Sustainability Implications: The respective FTAs can, in overall terms, bring more and better access to Maldives and Georgia, create more business opportunities for Hong Kong businessmen and increase trade and investment flows between Hong Kong and the respective FTA partners. By enhancing our economic links with these economies, this will also help strengthen our role as an international trade, commerce and financial hub.

Immigration (Unauthorized Entrants) (Amendment) Order [LegCo Brief]

At the meeting of the Executive Council on 10 May 2016, the Council advised and the Chief Executive ordered that the Immigration (Unauthorized Entrants) Amendment Order 2016 should be made. The Order would be made to expand the definition of "unauthorized entrants" to include major source countries other than Vietnam where non-ethnic Chinese illegal immigrants originate, i.e. Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, and Sri Lanka, so as to immediately enhance the penalties against smuggling of illegal immigrants from these countries.

Sustainability Implications: This proposal is conducive to sustainability as it could improve social and public order by reducing illegal immigration.

Antiquities and Monuments (Declaration of Monuments and Historical Buildings) (Consolidation) (Amendment) Notice 2016 [LegCo Brief]

On 20 May 2016, the Government announced that after consultation with the Antiquities Advisory Board and with the approval of the Chief Executive, the Secretary for Development, in his capacity as the Antiquities Authority under the Antiquities and Monuments Ordinance, had decided to declare three Grade 1 historic buildings, namely Blocks 7, 10 and 25 at the old Lei Yue Mun Barracks to be historical buildings under section 3(1) of the Ordinance.

Sustainability Implications: The declaration is conducive to upholding the sustainability principle of protecting Hong Kong's heritage asset.

Site Formation and Associated Infrastructural Works for Development of Columbarium, Crematorium and Related Facilities at Sandy Ridge Cemetery - Widening Part of Lin Ma Hang Road [Press Release]

On 27 May 2016, the Government announced that, in accordance with the Roads (Works, Use and Compensation) Ordinance, the Chief Executive in Council had authorised the works on "PWP Item No. 5758CL Site Formation and Associated Infrastructural Works for Development of Columbarium, Crematorium and Related Facilities at Sandy Ridge Cemetery - Widening Part of Lin Ma Hang Road". The proposed road works are required to serve the anticipated traffic demand induced by the future development of columbarium, crematorium and related facilities at Sandy Ridge Cemetery.

Sustainability Implications: The proposed road scheme will improve the traffic condition of Lin Ma Hang Road.

Application for Domestic Free Television Programme Service Licence of Fantastic Television Limited [LegCo Brief]

On 31 May 2016, the Chief Executive in Council decided to grant a domestic free television programme service licence to Fantastic Television Limited. The licence will be valid from 31 May 2016 for 12 years until 30 May 2028, subject to a mid-term review around 2022.

Sustainability Implications: Fantastic TV's entry will create employment opportunities, promote competition and offer a wider choice of quality programmes for viewers. It is conducive to the sustainability principle of achieving a competitive and prosperous market-led economy to meet the aspirations of the public.