The Governance of Land Use in Korea

Urban Regeneration

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This report examines land-use trends, policies and practices in Korea, in particular in the city of Busan, through the lens of urban regeneration and citizen participation. Land-use planning is critical for the efficient and inclusive management of cities, pursuing sustainable and balanced development and improving quality of life and regional competitiveness. Korea has benefitted from comprehensive and well-structured, hierarchical land-use planning and urban regeneration frameworks. However, faced with a series of demographic and economic challenges, together with geographic factors and historical developments, Korea needs to re-evaluate land-use management and urban regeneration to leverage inclusive growth and boost competitiveness in Korean cities. This report argues that involving citizens in land-use planning and urban regeneration is essential to collect better quality information as a basis for plans, decisions and outcomes. This report is of relevant to urban planners, land use especialists, and city managers who work on urban regeneration projects and citizens’ participation.


Urban Regeneration and Land Use in Korea

This chapter looks at the major policy elements of land use planning and urban regeneration in Korea. It begins with an analysis of the institutional framework for urban regeneration emphasising the complexity of the dedicated legislative framework. The chapter then moves to analyse urban regeneration in Busan, as a case study. It highlights the need for adopting efficient land use and urban regeneration programmes to strengthen the city’s economy. It argues that public assets and infrastructure may act as catalysts for urban regeneration. The discussion stresses that brownfields are important assets for urban regeneration and investment. The chapter then analyses how land-use plans and urban regeneration could be operationalised by focusing on density, zoning and floor area ratios. Finally, the chapter presents some policy recommendations to revamp urban regeneration strategies in Busan.


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