Rejuvenating the New Territories: Complementary Development Proposal for Future Land and Housing Projects
Amidst the sustained failure to cope with probing new land for affordable housing, the public is at the same time looking for a more progressive approach in utilizing existing land resources for better use. In 2018, Citizens Task Force on Land Resources (CTF) published a position paper in response to the government’s Task Force on Land Supply (TFLS) consultation. CTF’s position paper pinpointed the problems and sustainable solutions to Hong Kong’s land issue, and laid out a number of complementary land supply options, namely brownfields, land banks held by large private developers, unallocated government land, and Nam Tong near-shore reclamation. As a continuation of this position paper, this research details where some of these land options are and how they can be used. Other than the government’s options of building artificial islands in Tomorrow’s Lantau Vision or Country Park development that work against the general public opinion, this research presents an overview of all available land options largely neglected in the current development and assesses their development potentials. 14 sizeable clusters are proposed for further planning and development, which make a better complementary land proposal to genuinely solve the most acute housing problems in the short and medium term.
“Comprehensive Land Resource Database 2020”: This research project aims to establish the “Comprehensive Land Resource Database 2020” containing these complementary land options last updated in late 2020. The dataset puts forward the open data initiative and therefore is published online as an open map and welcomes public access in different usable formats. Open Map: https://arcg.is/05u4HH0
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