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Considerations of the Task Force on Land Supply

Land development takes time; there is neither a single option that can solve the overall land supply problem, nor a perfect solution. A multi-pronged approach is therefore required to increase land supply. The community as a whole has to balance the overall benefits and costs, the time required to provide land and other underlying issues pertinent to each land supply option.

Since its establishment in September 2017, the Task Force has examined over 20 land supply measures or options. Some of them are existing initiatives being implemented by the Government and thus may not substantially bring about additional land supply

Notes:

Additional land refers to the land which has not been included in the 3,600 hectares of land supply in the forecast of the "Hong Kong 2030+" study.

. Details of these ongoing initiatives have been enumerated in Current Land Supply Strategy and Ongoing Initiatives. For the other 18 land supply options (see page 35), the Task Force considers that they have the potential to provide additional land. Among these options, the Task Force notes that the Government has conducted certain studies and planning on a number of these options and/or related land use policies. Public consultations were also carried out on a few individual proposals. There are also options that are proposed or advocated by different stakeholders; some are fairly conceptual at this stage and require further and detailed studies to ascertain their feasibility.

The lead time to provide land for each option varies. Some options may have the potential to provide additional land supply in the short to medium term or the medium to long term; the time required for materialising the conceptual options and the actual amount of land supply that these options can provide are uncertain. To meet the long-term demand for land and development needs, the community should also give views on these relatively conceptual options. In addition, certain options may involve more than one direction for development, and the relevant scale, challenges and expected lead time to provide the land of these variations would therefore be different.

For the 18 options which can potentially provide additional land, the Task Force has explored and examined their development benefits, costs, expected lead time to provide the land, challenges and factors to be considered, overseas experience, as well as the Government's relevant public engagement and consultation exercises, major studies' findings and proposals in the past. The Task Force groups these options into three categories:

  • Short-to-medium term options(with potential to provide additional land in around 10 years' time);
  • Medium-to-long term options(with potential to provide additional land in around 10 to 30 years' time);
  • Conceptual options(unable to confirm when and how much additional land can be provided for the time being).

Relevant facts and figures are enumerated in Land Supply Options for the public to consider and discuss.

The Task Force cordially asks members of the public to express views with regard to the following questions within the five-month consultation period, so that the Task Force's report can duly reflect the combination of land supply options the public prefers, thus resolving this difficult issue of land supply that has been plaguing Hong Kong for a long time with joined-up efforts:

  1. All options to increase land supply bring different level of impacts to different stakeholders. In your opinion, how should the community take a holistic view to balance sustainable development and other needs, so as to identify a land supply model that can meet society's best interests?

  2. According to estimates till 2046, there is a shortfall of at least 1,200 ha of land (equivalent to the total area of more than 60 Victoria Parks), while there is no single land supply option that can solve the land shortage problem. In your opinions, what kind of multi-pronged strategy should Hong Kong adopt?

  3. The short-to-medium term land supply situation is the most acute. After striking a balance between factors such as development benefits and costs, and the time required to provide land, how should we prioritise and make trade-off between those practicable options?

  4. Some suggest that Hong Kong needs additional land to build a land reserve to meet various unforeseeable demands and continuously improve our living environment. Do you agree that we should kick start the study for building a land reserve, to prepare for the rainy days?

  5. Some of the land supply options may still be conceptual at this stage with considerable technical constraints and uncertainties. It takes time to revolve those issues. In your opinion, how should the Government prioritise these options?

  6. Apart from the opinions in response to the options listed, do you have other suggestions to increase land supply?

| Last Revision Date: 5 December 2018