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Land reclamation to be done in the next 5 years
The Government expects to see its new land reclamation projects completed within 5 years, but the construction developments schedule is still uncertain, the secretary for Transport and Public Works’ cabinet told reporters yesterday.
Phase one of the public consultation on the project plan starts today and residents have until August 8 to access the plan and express their opinion. A working group will also conduct several activities and seminars throughout this period.
“All land reclamation projects will be ready in five years time,” said Lao Iong chairman of the Urban Planning Department of the Land, Public Works and Transport Bureau (DSSOPT).
However, he stressed that the project will progress gradually and according to the needs of the population. “We have this conceptual plan that must go through three phases of public consultation. [The final plan] will be put in action gradually according to the reality of Macau and the society’s needs,” he said.
At present, only zone A, in the northeast of the Macau peninsula, is set to get ready before 2016, because it will be the link between Macau and the artificial island of the Zhuhai-Macau-Hong Kong Bridge. The final plan will be announced next year.
When asked for more details on building height limits, the Government said that it would only be possible to set those limits after hearing from the public.
‘[The final plan] will be put in action gradually according to the reality of Macau and the society needs’
The People’s Republic of China State Council approved Macau’s 3.5 square kilometre land reclamation plan last year. The plan includes five areas of claimed land situated in the Macau peninsula’s northeast, south of Avenida Sun Yat Sen (NAPE) and North of Taipa island.
Yesterday, during the presentation of the first phase of the public consultation, Lao Iong recalled that the Government has already promised that no gaming developments will take place in the new areas. On the other hand, secretary Lau Si Io also said that at least 50 percent of the claimed land will be used for green space, public buildings and community facilities, but a part will be saved for social housing and the development of business sectors promoting economic diversification, as well as the city as an international tourism and leisure hub.
Additionally, the secretary assured that the Government’s objective is to create conditions for the sustainable development of Macau, improve the residents’ quality of life and save some land for future development.
Zone A, located in the Macau peninsula’s northeast, is the largest with 1.38 square kilometres. Both zones A and B are planned mainly for road infrastructure, tourism and recreation facilities, parks and green areas, public buildings and commercial and residential neighbourhoods. The Government has also promised to follow Zhuhai’s lead and improve the coastal areas.
Meanwhile, in zones C, D and E, located in northern Taipa, land will be used for public and community facilities, transport infrastructure, commercial and residential districts and for diverse industries’ projects.
Macau’s current land area amounts to 29.2 square kilometres. The land reclamation project will increase Macau’s land area by 12.3 percent. Most of Macau’s current land area is the result of a string of land reclamation projects that were launched back in the early 20th century. In 1984, Macau’s land area stood at just 15.5 square kilometres. It reached 23.6 square kilometres in 1998.
Conceptual designs for the zone B coastal line of the new reclaimed land projects
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