CHINA China: New guidelines aim to reform and improve urban planning


China: New guidelines aim to reform and improve urban planning


20:19, May 27, 2019

The State Council Information Office announced new guidelines on establishing a spatial planning system, along with instructions for its implementation, on Monday.  


The Information Office of the State Council P.R.C. holds a press conference in Beijing, May 27, 2019. (Photo: CGTN)

The guidelines integrate multiple plans into one territorial spatial plan, including land use, functional zoning, and urban and rural structure, which would help to establish a scientific, efficient and unified national spatial planning system. 

The comprehensive plan will help better govern water resources utilization, water pollution prevention, and shoreline use.

The new guidelines comprise of seven parts and 20 articles, presenting a clear picture of China's spatial planning.

"To further implement these guidelines well, we have set up regulations and policies, and will also provide technical support. We have created the development and protection law to accelerate the legislation work. We have established a unified standard system and a basic space information platform to carry out these spatial plans at all levels," said Zhao Long, China's Vice Minister for National Natural Resources. 

New guidelines also emphasize implementation and supervision policies, which indicate the lower-level spatial planning should comply with the higher-level one, and the thematic and detailed one should comply with the overall one. 

In order to better supervise the implementation of the spatial planning system, the dynamic supervision mechanism for monitoring and assessment should be established.

The national territory is the spatial carrier for ecological civilization development. Under these efforts, the blueprint of China's land planning development has been built and the big picture has been drawn. 

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