Town planning information goes online

Friday, April 10, 2009
Issue 667, Page 2
Word count: 889
Published in: Macau Daily Times

By Poyi (Natalie) Leung

The public works bureau for the first time disclosed information of district planning online and said that such details will be updated to meet the current social conditions.

The information in relations to the overall town planning and various district planning projects can be seen on three government websites.

The addresses are,, and

Town planning department chief of the Land, Public Works and Transport Bureau (DSSOPT), Lao Iong, said in the press conference yesterday that the objective of the publication is to foster “transparency and information sharing” as demanded by the public.

The Macau Peninsula, Taipa and Coloane have been divided into 21 divisions since 1986 based on the “Macau Territory Guide Planning.”

In addition, different land use plans and development regulations were set up for each zone.

The peninsula consists of eight districts, Taipa and Coloane of six respectively, while Cotai has been made as one independent division.


The first zone in the Macau side is marked as the north-western district, which includes Toi San, Ilha Verde and Fai Chi Kei.

The already approved urbanisation plans include the revitalisation of the Ilha Verde Hill and the Fai Chi Kei bay side, as well as the development of the Ilha Verde squatter area.

It has already been announced that the squatter area in Ilha Verde will be cleared for the construction of public housing.

In the division of Mt Guia and S. Januário Hill, no urbanisation plan is in force as it is positioned as an “important preservation zone,” which has to comply with a string of construction regulations such as the Heritage Protection Act and the building height limits around the Lighthouse.

In the San Ma Lou division which also comprises of the Inner Harbour area, the priority of planning is to preserve the world heritage sites and renew old neighbourhoods.

Apart from following the Heritage Protection Act, the “San Ma Lou plan” is applied which restricts building height at maximum 20.5 metres.

The seventh division of Penha Hill and Barra has positioned itself as a “low-density residential area and also a main world heritage protection zone.”

No urbanisation plan is introduced for this district, but construction has to adhere to the “Penha Hill plan,” amongst others, which also imposes different building height limits determined by the Cultural Affairs Bureau.

As well, construction regulations having been applied in the city centre division, which refers to Holland Garden, Avenida de Horta e Costa and San Kio areas, include the DSSOPT administrative guideline No. 3/91 that says the height limit surrounding Monte Hill is at 47 metres above sea level.


According to Lao, the village structure of the old Taipa town will be retained to show its “historical landscape.”

Among the six planning divisions, Taipa Pequena hill and the Ocean Gardens areas are marked as the north western division which is occupied by commercial buildings and low-density residential apartments.

The information published on the websites confirms that the already approved urbanisation plans there are the development of the Ocean Gardens, Lisboa Garden and the Pac On Bay reclamation, as well as the aquatic theme park which will be built by a private company.

In addition, the old neighbourhood of Taipa village has positioned itself as a “leisure tourist district.”

Hence, Lao said the SAR government has already completed the reconstruction planning for the Iec Long Firecrackers Factory, and is trying to solve the land ownership problem so that a theme park could be built as soon as possible.


Coloane consists of six planning divisions. However, as it serves as the “lung” and “garden” of the SAR, the town planning chief said no large-scale exploitation project will be implemented in a bid to preserve its green environment and landscape.

Revitalisation plans have been approved in the Coloane Village, Ka-Ho Village and Hac Sa Village.

Seac Pai Van will have an urbanisation plan, while the Concordia Industrial Park project is still in place and Cheoc Van will be further developed according to certain construction regulations.


The “satellite city plan” launched a decade ago in Cotai was abolished. And no approved urbanisation plan is currently in place.

However, the positioning of the division is an advanced hub that integrates leisure tourism and entertainment, convention and exhibition, logistics, education, science and sports.

In face of the continuous growth of society in Macau and completion of part of the urbanisation projects, Lao said the SAR government is studying to revise the division planning and its related regulations.

He admitted that the more than 20 years old “Macau Territory Guide Planning” could not keep up the pace of the social development over the years.

As the content of the amendments will involve a large number of work areas, Lao said public consultation for the Ilha Verde district planning will be launched within this month.

As well, public opinions regarding the conceptual planning of the Taipa old town will be collected shortly.

The revitalisation proposal for the old town in Coloane is currently calling for suggestions and opinions.

The DSSOPT town planning head said all the urbanisation projects are “people-oriented” and “feasible.”

For some of the projects which still have not been implemented, he added that the government will strive to put them in action as soon as possible and listen to more voices by disclosing information to the public.


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