Gov’t mulls change of plan for Cotai reclamation zone

The government is studying potential alterations to its urban planning for the reclamation area located in Cotai, which may involve gaming and hotel projects, the director of the Transport Bureau (DSAT), Lam Hin San, revealed in reply to an enquiry by legislator Si Ka Lon. The legislative member stated in his written interpellation that the development of the city’s logistics industry is restricted by the lack of a logistics centre in the local territory, querying why the plan of a building such as a centre has still not been implemented despite the government granting a land plot of 21,000 square metres for such purpose in 2006. The DSAT director, in reply, claimed that the land parcel for the logistics industry would only have conditions to be developed after the land grants for gaming projects, hotel facilities and big-scale stadium project for a university are confirmed in the area – due to the progressing study on the change of urban planning there. The transport official added that the government would reserve a certain space for the logistics industry on the city’s artificial island, where the local border checkpoint for the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge is located. ‘But detailed analysis and research [on the plan] are still required for the current stage. In addition, [the government] needs to review arrangements for other facilities as well. Hence, there is no timetable for that,’ the Bureau director wrote.