The Lantau Tomorrow Vision (LTV) project, put forward by the government in the recently released Policy Address, attracted wide attention and sparked public debate. The DAB is of the view that developable land is what Hong Kong lacks and needs most now. A land of land is needed for economic development, housing and transportation, social welfare, elders services or leisure and recreation, etc. DAB sees the Policy Address has taken the right direction in its proposed increase in land supply. The LTV project should be recognised for its long-term vision of producing land through artificial islands and synchronising the development of Tuen Mun and Northern Lantau Island.
The project has stirred a lot of discussion in society; some residents have expressed their concerns over issues like cost of reclamation, size of reclamation, and whether the government had efficiently used other land sources, etc. DAB believes that the government needs to enhance its communication with the public in order for the public to better understand Hong Kong’s land shortage problem and for the government to explain and address the public’s concerns. In addition, it is inevitable that the reclamation project will impact different stakeholders, especially for the livelihood of fishermen and marine ecology. The government must take negotiations with stakeholders seriously and provide suitable compensation, so to better pave the path for the implementation of the project.
The DAB has always urged to adopt multi-pronged approach to expand land resources to solve the long-term land and housing shortages in the HKSAR. Therefore, on top of the LTV project we hope the government expedite the implementation of other related options such as new district development schemes, replanning of brownfield sites, the launch of “Land Sharing Pilot Scheme” and old factory buildings revitalisation.
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