Brownfield sites for longer term
According to the Government, the development of brownfield sites can only provide medium to long-term land supply, as it involves thorough planning and consideration.
Secretary for Development Paul Chan told lawmakers on February 3:
"It cannot substitute the short to medium-term land supply measures such as land use re-zoning that we are pressing ahead full steam."
He added that there must first be adequate provision of infrastructural facilities and capacity before brownfield sites can be used for higher density developments.
Paul Chan noted that comprehensive and integrated planning with corresponding infrastructure upgrading is necessary to fully address the environmental problems caused by brownfield sites.
The Government is conducting a "Preliminary Feasibility Study on Developing the New Territories North" to look into the area as a long-term strategic development zone in Hong Kong in addition to Lantau. A focus of the study is the potential release brownfield sites for development.