The rapid development of Macao has brought new challenges. The urban planning strategy should set better conditions for balanced and sustainable development of the city, and for a higher standard of living. In recent years, the Central People’s Government has suggested a new vision for Macao’s urban development and regional planning framework – including through approval of reclamation and development of new urban districts and the positioning of Macao as a World Centre of Tourism and Leisure. These new strategies will stimulate Macao’s development.
Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge
The Hong Kong – Zhuhai – Macao Bridge, being situated at the waters of Lingdingyang of Pearl River Estuary, is a large sea crossing linking the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), Zhuhai City of Guangdong Province and Macao Special Administrative Region(MACAO SAR).
The Construction, operation, maintenance and management of the main bridge are mutually responsible by the government of the three regions. The main bridge is located in Mainland China and built under the regulations of Mainland China due to territoriality. The bridge-cum-tunnel structure is a dual 3-lane carriageway highway, the while bridge is 29.6 km in length, which comprises a main bridge of 22.9km, a tunnel of 6.7km and two artificial islands.
Construction of the artificial island for the Zhuhai/Macao boundary crossing facilities commenced in late 2015 and finished in December 2017, starting from midnight on 15 March, the Macao boundary crossing area of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge is governed by the laws of the Macao SAR. The Macao SAR Government subsequently launched installation and commission of the equipment, devices and transportation facilities, so as to tie in with the full opening and the trial operation of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge.
Construction of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge will facilitate economic integration in the Pearl River Delta Region. Synergy of integration arising from construction of the bridge will foster industrial development in the Pearl River Delta region.
The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge became operational since 24 October 2018, please press here for more information (Chinese and Portuguese only).
Macao is building its first rail transit system – the Macao Light Rail Transit System. Once completed, it is expected to provide a convenient, environmentally friendly, reliable and comfortable mass transport service for citizens and tourists in line with the development needs of the city. In the future, the LRT System will integrate buses, taxis and pedestrian walkway systems into a seamless public transport network, encouraging more residents to use public transport and use private vehicles less, thereby achieving the goal of improving overall transportation conditions. In addition, the System will help improve the problems of air pollution caused by vehicle exhaust emissions.
The LRT System adopts a fully automatic driverless system, driven by electric power, with rubber tyres running on concrete rails, for low running noise and zero emissions.
The first line of the Macao LRT System - LRT Taipa Line - is currently under construction and is expected to be completed and open to traffic in 2019. The LRT Taipa Line consists of 11stations, covering the main residential communities in centre of Taipa, Taipa Old Village and tourist area, and linking three major sea, land and air ports of Macao. Apart from the Taipa Line under construction, the LRT System will extend to the Macao Peninsula via the Sai Van Bridge. Also, the Seac Pai Van Line will be developed to link to the new Seac Pai Van community in Coloane.
In line with the needs of development of the city of Macao, the SAR Government has been improving the transportation network of Macao and been active in facilitating the construction of the light rail transit system. In the future, the system, being a convenient, green and barrier-free transport will constitute, together with buses, taxis and automatic walkways, a seamless public transport network, thereby improving the overall travel environment and providing to residents and tourists with convenient, environmentally friendly, comfortable and reliable public transport services.
With a total length of 9.3 km, the Taipa Line is the first route of the Macao Light Rail Transit System. The Line having 11 stations passes by the main residential areas, tourist areas and cultural and recreational facilities in Taipa. It is connected to Macao’s three major sea, land and air border checkpoints at the Cotai Frontier Port, Macau International Airport and Taipa Ferry Terminal.
At this stage, the Government is making every effort to push forward the preparatory work for the construction of the Taipa Line towards the goal of opening the Line in 2019; at the same time, the work related to extending the network to Barra and Seac Pai Van has been carried out. The authorities will soon launch a study on the East Line of the System to expand the System’s the overall efficiency as early as possible.
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Public Construction and Infrastructure Projects
To improve the quality of social facilities, the Land, Public Works and Transport Bureau of Macao is responsible for following up on a number of projects. For details of construction projects under planning, underway or completed, please visit:
The main functions of the Housing Bureau are to ensure the execution of public housing policies, projects and work, to provide assistance and support to management of common areas in buildings, to monitor the real estate agency business and to issue licences according to the law.
Public housing refers to units leased by the Government to low income families and those in adverse circumstances. Methods for the allocation and management of public housing are governed by By-law No. 25/2009.
Public housing is distributed to families of weak financial standing in the form of leasing. Families of weak financial standing are defined as those whose household income falls beneath the legally stipulated level.
Home Ownership Scheme Housing
Under Law No. 10/2011 of 1 October 2011, the construction of Home Ownership Scheme Housing is led by the Government and executed by the Housing Bureau or other public authorities appointed by the Chief Executive.
The rationale for building Home-Ownership Scheme Housing is: 1. To assist Macao residents of a particular income level and financial situation to meet their housing needs; 2. to promote housing supply that suits the practical needs and purchasing power of Macao residents.
According to the laws and regulations of the Home-Ownership Scheme, the Housing Bureau is empowered to monitor and supervise the operation of Home-Ownership Scheme Housing, including building maintenance and property management. In accordance with relevant laws, the Bureau can impose penalties on tenants or management entities that violate its regulations. The Housing Bureau also assists owners of Home-Ownership Scheme Housing units with the setting up of management committees and provides technical resolution of disputes involving building management.
The Housing Bureau also keeps abreast of all necessary renovation and improvement works for public housing. In addition to the public facilities of housing estates, it strives to improve indoor facilities in order to improve the living conditions of its tenants, particularly for the elderly living alone.
According to the Regulamento Administrativo which will be effective from 22 August, 2018, all business owners of condominiums management must be licensed to engage in concerned business. The IH is responsible for the concession of business activity licenses for the administration of condominiums and for the supervision of their activity.
Building Maintenance Fund Schemes
To encourage and help homeowners to perform their duties regarding the maintenance of common building areas and facilities in residential, commercial-residential and industrial buildings, the Housing Bureau has established seven Building Maintenance Fund schemes.
|Launch Year||Name of Scheme|
|2007||Interest-free Loan Scheme for Building Maintenance|
|2008||Subsidy Scheme for Building Maintenance|
|2008||Subsidy Scheme for Building Management|
|2009||Provisional Subsidy Scheme for Common Parts Maintenance of Low-Rise Buildings|
|2009||Support Scheme for Building Maintenance|
|2013||Subsidy Scheme for Voluntary Removal of Unauthorised Structures|
|2017||Provisional Subsidy Scheme for Common Parts Inspection of P and M Class Buildings|
Joint Centre for Building Leakage Issues
The Joint Centre for Building Leakage Issues - co-ordinated by the Housing Bureau and formed by the Land, Public Works and Transport Bureau, Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau and Health Bureau - was established based on the inter-departmental co-operation system on 1st February 2009 to provide a one-stop service for handling the issues of building leakage in tandem with the technical assessments conducted by the Civil Engineering Laboratory.
Real Estate Intermediary Service
The Law on Real Estate Intermediary Activities, which took effect on 1st July 2013, directs that the real estate intermediary and agent must fulfill the stipulated conditions and obtain the licences of real estate intermediary and agent. The Housing Bureau has added a functional department responsible for handling the real estate intermediary service, licence application and supervision work related to intermediary and agent.
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