Kowloon East is transforming into another core business district of Hong Kong. The Government is studying the relocation of the existing government facilities in the two action areas of Kowloon East to expedite the release of development potential. The Kwun Tong Action Area (KTAA) is also part of the Kai Tak Fantasy (KTF) project, which is envisioned to become a world-class tourism, entertainment and leisure attraction.
The study area comprises KTAA, Kwun Tong Typhoon Shelter (KTTS) and part of Kai Tak Approach Channel (KTAC), totaling about 67 hectares (ha). KTAA has an area of about 4.2 ha. The existing facilities include Kwun Tong Ferry Pier Square and Pet Garden, Kei Yip Street Public Toilet and Refuse Collection Point, Kwun Tong Ferry Pier Public Transport Interchange and Cooked Food Market. Ferry pier facilities include Kwun Tong Pubic Pier, Kwun Tong Ferry Pier and Kwun Tong Vehicular Ferry Pier.
The Study commenced in March 2016. A two-stage public consultation exercise was carried out on the Preliminary Outline Development Plan (PDOP) and the Recommended Outline Development Plan (RODP) for KTAA. For the PDOP, we consulted the Kwun Tong Development and Renewal Task Force of Kwun Tong District Council (DRTF-KTDC) (Consultation Document (Chinese only)) in August 2017, and the Housing and Infrastructure Committee of Kowloon City District Council (HIC-KCDC) (Consultation Document (Chinese only)) as well as the Task Force on Kai Tak Harbourfront Development of Harbourfront Commission (HC-KTTF) (Consultation Document) in September 2017.
We considered the comments collected during the first stage public consultation exercise and the findings of the technical assessments in formulating the Recommended Outline Development Plan (RODP). Between April and September 2019, we consulted DRTF-KTDC [Consultation Document(April 2019) (Chinese only); Consultation Document (September 2019) (Chinese only)], HC-KTTF (Consultation Document) and HIC-KCDC (Consultation Document (Chinese only)) on the RODP. The revised RODP is shown below.
KTAA is planned for a mixed-use development comprising commercial (i.e. office, retail and food and beverages), government/institution or community, open space, and public transport facilities, etc. Existing government facilities are replanned with a view to rationalizing the land uses and enhancing the waterfront environment. KTAA would provide about 80 000 m2 of commercial floor space and about 22 000 m2 of public open space. The multi-level public open space network proposed. in KTAA would be connected to the Kwun Tong Waterfront Promenade and extended towards the future Tsui Ping River and Cha Kwo Ling Waterfront. Besides, traffic improvement measures are proposed, such as changing the roundabout at Hoi Yuen Road/Wai Yip Street junction into a signalized junction to increase junction capacity, and converting Kei Yip Lane into a two-way traffic lane with the provision of an additional carriageway passing through the KTAA to divert the roundabout traffic. Public parking spaces will also be provided in the future development.
Short, medium and long-term water body co-use proposals are recommended for the KTTS and part of KTAC. For example, to promote water body co-use between vessels and water recreational activities in the KTTS during non-typhoon days, the passageway along the Kwun Tong Promenade has been widened from 50 m to 100 m to release more space for water recreational activities. In the long run, with the completion of KTAA and the Kai Tak Tourism Node, more entertainment and tourism-related uses would be provided to promote the vibrancy and attractiveness of the waterfront.
The Study is anticipated to complete in Q1 2020, and the study recommendations will be incorporated into the relevant Outline Zoning Plans in due course.