Green belt in a compact city: A zone for conservation or transition?

Bo sin Tang, Siu Wai Wong, Anton King wah Lee

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The paper examines the evolution, implementation and performance of the green belt in the compact and land-hungry city of Hong Kong. The green belt in Hong Kong comprises over 25% of all the land areas under the statutory land-use zoning plans. Its planning policy declares that there is a presumption against development in this land-use zone. Based upon historical study, cross-sectional examination of 109 statutory zoning plans and quantitative analysis of 1230 planning application cases, this study has evaluated whether the green belt was indeed treated as a non-building area for the purpose of landscape and countryside conservation. The conclusion is that the actual planning intention of the green belt has been ambivalent and flexible and it is a transition zone rather than a zone for conservation in Hong Kong.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)358-373
Number of pages16
JournalLandscape and Urban Planning
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 2 Mar 2007


  • China
  • Decision
  • Hong Kong
  • Land-use
  • Urban planning
  • Zoning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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