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Article: Certainty and discretion in planning: a case study of office development in Hong Kong

TitleCertainty and discretion in planning: a case study of office development in Hong Kong
Authors
Issue Date2000
PublisherSage Publications Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://usj.sagepub.com/
Citation
Urban Studies, 2000, v. 37 n. 13, p. 2465-2483 How to Cite?
AbstractHong Kong's planning control system entails a framework of statutory zoning plans and a discretionary permission process. Through examining past planning decisions on urban office development applications between 1988 and 1997, this paper explores whether this 'hybrid' system provides both certainty for development capital and flexibility in administrative control. Our study concludes that the Hong Kong system offers considerable certainty, although the decision-making criteria of the development controllers tend to deviate from the planning policy applicable to our application cases. Technical merits of the development schemes are found to be necessary, but not sufficient conditions in securing planning permissions. The rejection reasons given by the planning authority apparently disguise their real concerns. Market forces also affect planning control decisions.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/167123
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2015 Impact Factor: 1.934
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.567
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dc.contributor.authorTang, Ben_HK
dc.contributor.authorChoy, LHTen_HK
dc.contributor.authorWat, JKFen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2012-09-28T04:04:30Z-
dc.date.available2012-09-28T04:04:30Z-
dc.date.issued2000en_HK
dc.identifier.citationUrban Studies, 2000, v. 37 n. 13, p. 2465-2483en_HK
dc.identifier.issn0042-0980en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/167123-
dc.description.abstractHong Kong's planning control system entails a framework of statutory zoning plans and a discretionary permission process. Through examining past planning decisions on urban office development applications between 1988 and 1997, this paper explores whether this 'hybrid' system provides both certainty for development capital and flexibility in administrative control. Our study concludes that the Hong Kong system offers considerable certainty, although the decision-making criteria of the development controllers tend to deviate from the planning policy applicable to our application cases. Technical merits of the development schemes are found to be necessary, but not sufficient conditions in securing planning permissions. The rejection reasons given by the planning authority apparently disguise their real concerns. Market forces also affect planning control decisions.en_HK
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherSage Publications Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://usj.sagepub.com/en_HK
dc.relation.ispartofUrban Studiesen_HK
dc.titleCertainty and discretion in planning: a case study of office development in Hong Kongen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.emailTang, B: bsbstang@hku.hken_HK
dc.identifier.authorityTang, B=rp01646en_HK
dc.description.naturelink_to_subscribed_fulltexten_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/00420980020080641-
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dc.relation.referenceshttp://www.scopus.com/mlt/select.url?eid=2-s2.0-0034524341&selection=ref&src=s&origin=recordpageen_HK
dc.identifier.volume37en_HK
dc.identifier.issue13en_HK
dc.identifier.spage2465en_HK
dc.identifier.epage2483en_HK
dc.identifier.isiWOS:000165992900004-
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdomen_HK
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dc.identifier.scopusauthoridWat, JKF=6602953871en_HK
dc.customcontrol.immutablecsl 14.09.15-

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