Contractors can look forward to adding to their already bulging order books if the public gives the nod to the government’s land use proposals for the expansion of Tung Chung New Town.
The government launched Stage 2 Public Engagement for the expansion study for Tung Chung on Tuesday, providing a digest that lists out land use options based on views from the public gathered during the first public engagement last year.
At Tung Chung East, the government is proposing two land use options.
The “Livable Town” option will provide more housing through higher development densities for an estimated population of 110,000 housed in 38,000 flats.
The “Economic Vibrancy” option however will create a regional commercial hub in Tung Chung while supplying housing for a smaller population of 95,000 housed in 33,000 flats.
For commercial space in the economic option, the government is proposing 250,000 square metres of retail space and 200,000 square metres of office space.
A marina with 350 berths is also included in the economic option.
At Tung Chung West, the government is proposing to strike a balance between development and conservation, adding land for housing while developing existing rural areas.
It proposes the west portion house a population of 43,000 in 15,000 flats.
In both east and west portions, the government plans to reclaim a total of 134 hectares of land with Tung Chung East accounting for 120 hectares.
At Tung Chung West, the government said reclamation had to be limited to 14 hectares to protect the ecological value of the natural environment nearby.
“The reclamation scale has been largely reduced to balance development needs and public aspiration for environmental conservation,” the digest said.
The MTR Corporation (0066), 77 percent owned by the government, will build two new stations at Tung Chung East and West.
Planned facilities for residents include a sports ground, continuous waterfront promenade, a pedestrian network of walkways, eco-trails and linear parks, and cycle tracks.
The public engagement ends 21 July whereupon the government will compile the views collected and present a final plan.