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Article: Proliferation of nonconforming land uses in agricultural envelope of urban Hong Kong

TitleProliferation of nonconforming land uses in agricultural envelope of urban Hong Kong
Authors
KeywordsCountryside Conservation
Environmental Impacts
Hong Kong
Nonconforming Land Use
Rural Land Use
Issue Date1996
PublisherSpringer New York LLC. The Journal's web site is located at http://link.springer.de/link/service/journals/00267/
Citation
Environmental Management, 1996, v. 20 n. 4, p. 461-474 How to Cite?
AbstractUntil the late 1960s rural Hong Kong had an attractive rustic landscape and a small but active farming population. The recent widespread agricultural decline provided opportunities for urban-oriented activities to invade, mainly as open storage and workshops unsuitable in city areas. Rapid container port expansion and cross-border China trade generate demands for cheap and accessible land for non conforming uses (NCU). Rural development control and land use planning are inherently weak, and formal provision for such uses is lacking. An unfavorable landmark court judgement allows landowners to degrade the countryside. The activities have caused acute environmental problems, telescoped into a small territory, including visual blight, pollution, drainage blockage, loss of wetland habitats, and increased flooding hazard. The distinction between urban and rural has been blurred in the destruction of the valuable countryside heritage. An interim legislative amendment fails to stop unauthorized conversion of farmland. In the long term, an integrated and comprehensive rural planning strategy to conserve inherent elements, as well as accommodating selected urban spillover in properly located and serviced sites, is needed.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/157795
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2015 Impact Factor: 1.857
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.830
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dc.identifier.citationEnvironmental Management, 1996, v. 20 n. 4, p. 461-474en_US
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dc.description.abstractUntil the late 1960s rural Hong Kong had an attractive rustic landscape and a small but active farming population. The recent widespread agricultural decline provided opportunities for urban-oriented activities to invade, mainly as open storage and workshops unsuitable in city areas. Rapid container port expansion and cross-border China trade generate demands for cheap and accessible land for non conforming uses (NCU). Rural development control and land use planning are inherently weak, and formal provision for such uses is lacking. An unfavorable landmark court judgement allows landowners to degrade the countryside. The activities have caused acute environmental problems, telescoped into a small territory, including visual blight, pollution, drainage blockage, loss of wetland habitats, and increased flooding hazard. The distinction between urban and rural has been blurred in the destruction of the valuable countryside heritage. An interim legislative amendment fails to stop unauthorized conversion of farmland. In the long term, an integrated and comprehensive rural planning strategy to conserve inherent elements, as well as accommodating selected urban spillover in properly located and serviced sites, is needed.en_US
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dc.subjectCountryside Conservationen_US
dc.subjectEnvironmental Impactsen_US
dc.subjectHong Kongen_US
dc.subjectNonconforming Land Useen_US
dc.subjectRural Land Useen_US
dc.titleProliferation of nonconforming land uses in agricultural envelope of urban Hong Kongen_US
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