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Article: Transfer of development rights as an institutional innovation to address issues of property rights

TitleTransfer of development rights as an institutional innovation to address issues of property rights
Authors
KeywordsTransfer of development rights (TDR)
Institutional innovation
Private property rights
Urban planning
Conservation and urban renewal
Issue Date2018
PublisherSpringer Verlag Dordrecht. The Journal's web site is located at http://springerlink.metapress.com/openurl.asp?genre=journal&issn=1566-4910
Citation
Journal of Housing and the Built Environment, 2018, v. 33 n. 3, p. 465-479 How to Cite?
AbstractMany densely populated cities face the issues of limited usable urban land, and the redevelopment process may threaten the built heritage. Government, in serving the public interest, often intervenes through administrative or regulatory means in the conservation of these privately owned heritage buildings during urban renewal, even though such intervention may violate private property rights to different degrees. Yet, the general law of most developed and developing countries, though in different forms, is meant to protect private property rights. So, it is important to devise a fair and workable mechanism, supported with an innovative institutional arrangement, to control development of privately owned properties. Transfer of development rights (TDR) is one institutional innovation that can balance the conflict between public and private interests to supplement the defect of planning law. Before using TDR to address the property rights issues, there are some concerns that need debating. These include: whether development rights are property rights or not; the impact of conservation on property value; and the role of TDR on property rights, compensation or mitigation of the affected property. This research study begins by analyzing the relationship between property rights and development rights, and exploring how property rights, planning law and TDR interact with each other. It then takes Hong Kong as a typical example among the dense cities to examine the TDR programmes for built heritage conservation and identify the challenges of TDR. Due to the institutional-based characteristics of TDR, the research utilizes a comparison of TDR in Hong Kong with those in other jurisdictions from the perspective of property rights to extend the research result to wider application. The most recent controversial court case in Hong Kong (the ‘Hysan’ case) is discussed to illustrate the intricacy and controversy evolving around this issue. Finally, the research proposes strategies for the improvement in TDR, based on Hong Kong and overseas experiences from the perspective of legislative amendments, protection of property rights and of other stakeholders’ rights.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/259456
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2015 Impact Factor: 0.81
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.648

 

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dc.contributor.authorHou, J-
dc.contributor.authorChan, EHW-
dc.contributor.authorLi, LH-
dc.date.accessioned2018-09-03T04:07:41Z-
dc.date.available2018-09-03T04:07:41Z-
dc.date.issued2018-
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Housing and the Built Environment, 2018, v. 33 n. 3, p. 465-479-
dc.identifier.issn1566-4910-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/259456-
dc.description.abstractMany densely populated cities face the issues of limited usable urban land, and the redevelopment process may threaten the built heritage. Government, in serving the public interest, often intervenes through administrative or regulatory means in the conservation of these privately owned heritage buildings during urban renewal, even though such intervention may violate private property rights to different degrees. Yet, the general law of most developed and developing countries, though in different forms, is meant to protect private property rights. So, it is important to devise a fair and workable mechanism, supported with an innovative institutional arrangement, to control development of privately owned properties. Transfer of development rights (TDR) is one institutional innovation that can balance the conflict between public and private interests to supplement the defect of planning law. Before using TDR to address the property rights issues, there are some concerns that need debating. These include: whether development rights are property rights or not; the impact of conservation on property value; and the role of TDR on property rights, compensation or mitigation of the affected property. This research study begins by analyzing the relationship between property rights and development rights, and exploring how property rights, planning law and TDR interact with each other. It then takes Hong Kong as a typical example among the dense cities to examine the TDR programmes for built heritage conservation and identify the challenges of TDR. Due to the institutional-based characteristics of TDR, the research utilizes a comparison of TDR in Hong Kong with those in other jurisdictions from the perspective of property rights to extend the research result to wider application. The most recent controversial court case in Hong Kong (the ‘Hysan’ case) is discussed to illustrate the intricacy and controversy evolving around this issue. Finally, the research proposes strategies for the improvement in TDR, based on Hong Kong and overseas experiences from the perspective of legislative amendments, protection of property rights and of other stakeholders’ rights.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherSpringer Verlag Dordrecht. The Journal's web site is located at http://springerlink.metapress.com/openurl.asp?genre=journal&issn=1566-4910-
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of Housing and the Built Environment-
dc.rightsThe final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/[insert DOI]-
dc.subjectTransfer of development rights (TDR)-
dc.subjectInstitutional innovation-
dc.subjectPrivate property rights-
dc.subjectUrban planning-
dc.subjectConservation and urban renewal-
dc.titleTransfer of development rights as an institutional innovation to address issues of property rights-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailLi, LH: lhli@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.authorityLi, LH=rp01010-
dc.identifier.doi10.1007/s10901-018-9613-6-
dc.identifier.hkuros289779-
dc.identifier.volume33-
dc.identifier.issue3-
dc.identifier.spage465-
dc.identifier.epage479-
dc.publisher.placeNetherlands-

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