The government will launch a public consultation early next month on its draft of the urban development plan for the Zone A land reclamation, which lies off the northeastern coast of the peninsula.
The Lands and Urban Construction Bureau said the 60-day public consultation will run from 7 October to 5 December.
Macao’s urban master plan took effect in February; it covers the next 18 years, and divides the city into 18 “sub-areas for planning”.
The government has noted that only after the urban master plan takes effect, can it draft the respective detailed urban development plans for the 18 sub-areas.
Zone A is covered by “eastern district 2”, one of the 18 sub-areas listed by the urban master plan.
The upcoming public consultation will be about the government’s draft of the detailed urban development plan for eastern district 2.
According to the Urban Planning Law and its supplementary administration regulation on the law’s implementation, the government is required to carry out a public consultation for its drafting of each of the 18 sub-areas detailed urban development plans.
Yesterday’s announcement means that eastern district 2 will be the government’s first draft of a detailed urban development plan for a sub-area.
Zone A is primarily being developed for public housing projects, with only some plots earmarked for private residential projects. A number of public housing projects are already being carried out there.
Around 28,000 public housing units in total are slated to be built in Zone A, which covers about 1.4 square kilometres and will be primarily earmarked for residential and green areas. The majority of the public housing units in Zone A will be government-subsidised home-ownership scheme flats, with the remaining being social rental housing units.
The government plans to further reclaim land in the waters between the north-eastern coast of the peninsula and the north-western coast of Zone A. After the new reclamation project is completed, eastern district 2 will cover an area of around 1.7 square kilometres. Around 96,000 residents are expected to live in Zone A.
Various social and recreational facilities will be constructed in Zone A, including schools, while cultural and commercial facilities will also be constructed, The Macau Post Daily reported.