Case 5 - North West New Territories (Yuen Long District) Development Statement Study 1994
Key Environmental Outcomes or Influences
||Precautionary Principle adopted to protect the Ramsar site of Mai Po.
||Implementation of "Zero Discharge to Deep Bay" policy.
||Provision of adequate buffer along major transport corridors.
Type of Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)
Environmental assessment of the sub-regional development strategy.
Nature and Scope of the Proposal
The North West New Territories covers an area of 14,800 hectares with about 1 million population. The North West New Territories Development Statement will formulate a framework for preparing statutory land use plans to resolve potentially incompatible land uses among fishponds, the Ramsar site, low density developments, and high rise developments.
High & Low Rise Developments
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 formulating development plans for the region.
Methods and Techniques
Qualitative environmental appraisal on the basis of a comprehensive set of environmental planning standards and guidelines.
Works are implemented through Outline Zoning Plans.