Underperformance of Planning for Peri-Urban Rural Sustainable Development: The Case of Mentougou District in Beijing
AbstractAs the basic cell of social structures and spatial units, rural settlement is now experiencing profound changes through the rapid urbanization process underway in China, particularly in peri-urban areas which serve as the main platform and battlefield for urban–rural integration in China’s latest round of new urbanization. Therefore, how to achieve better planning for rural settlement in peri-urban areas is becoming a pressing and paramount research agenda. This paper attempts to explore the possible reasons for the underperformance of planning practice for rural settlement in peri-urban areas of China by taking the Mentougou district of Beijing as a case study. Following a quick and comprehensive review of planning in Mentougou district, a systematic and critical evaluation is then conducted accordingly. It shows that the plans generally play a positive role in development orientation and implementation. Yet, there is still a lot of room for improvement, particularly in the following aspects: (1) lack of initiative and innovation at the local level; (2) lack of long-term vision and consistent implementation; (3) lack of rationale-oriented approach; (4) lack of scientific and in-depth research; (5) lack of multi-stakeholder participation. As a way forward, this paper thus proposes a revised planning scheme for local practice, including classification of typologies and the customized planning design for each typology. At last, this paper calls for more in-depth scientific research on some key topics in the planning field, domestically and internationally. View Full-Text
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Lin, J.; Cai, J.; Han, F.; Han, Y.; Liu, J. Underperformance of Planning for Peri-Urban Rural Sustainable Development: The Case of Mentougou District in Beijing. Sustainability 2016, 8, 858.
Lin J, Cai J, Han F, Han Y, Liu J. Underperformance of Planning for Peri-Urban Rural Sustainable Development: The Case of Mentougou District in Beijing. Sustainability. 2016; 8(9):858.Chicago/Turabian Style
Lin, Jing; Cai, Jianming; Han, Fei; Han, Yan; Liu, Junping. 2016. "Underperformance of Planning for Peri-Urban Rural Sustainable Development: The Case of Mentougou District in Beijing." Sustainability 8, no. 9: 858.
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