The committee was set up in early 2014, consisting almost entirely of developers, tourist industry execs and government political appointees. It has ridden several waves of controversy – over members’ significant Lantau real estate holdings, the road-opening plan, its uncritical support for the contentious ELM and Macau bridge projects, and the suggestion by an unknown member that Shek Pik reservoir be concreted over to provide housing.
Its other achievement appears to have been the trashing of pre-existing Lantau planning principles. The previous planning guide, Lantau 2007 Revised Concept Plan, set aside north Lantau for infrastructure while “protecting the other areas scenic and high ecological values .. for nature conservation and environmentally sustainable” uses. The LanDAC approach appears to be to pay lip service to conservation while turning the island into a mass tourism destination with medium to heavy population density.