Examples of Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) in Hong Kong

Case 3 - North Lantau Development Plan 1992

Key Environmental Outcomes or Influences s

1. Preservation of a natural sea channel to protect natural coastline.
2. Noise sensitive receivers located outside the NEF 25 contour.
3. A combination of setbacks, noise barriers and development controls to protect sensitive receivers against traffic and railway noise
4. Land use plans that meet environmental planning standards and guidelines
Image of Simulation of the New Town
Simulation of the New Town


Type of Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)

Environmental assessment of development plans.


Nature and Scope of the Proposal

Two new towns, with a total population of 250,000 over an area of 750 ha and the new Chek Lap Kok airport site of 1,000 hectares.


Image of Natural Sea Channel Preserved
Natural Sea Channel Preserved

Basis of SEA Requirement

The Government directive in 1988 requiring plans to be subject to environmental assessment.


Relationship with Decision Making

The findings of the SEA form the basis of decisions on the land use plan.

Alternatives or Options Assessed

Four concept plans were evaluated and ranked.


Methods and Techniques

Environmental appraisal criteria incorporated in land use options generation. Water quality, aerial and noise modellings were conducted.


Latest Status

Various parts of the New Town are in different stages of development.


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