Changing Planning and Development Institutions in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is faced with the challenge to accommodate the on-going process of urbanization, global investment flows, and increasing environmental concerns on its scarce developable land putting the city’s sustainable growth and livability at risk. This brings forward the need to effectively govern and manage sustainable urban development, which requires the alignment of planning and development institutions at many institutional levels. This chapter therefore discusses established institutions and contemporary institutional changes in Hong Kong’s urban planning and development practice. Through literature and document reviews and the Kai Tak Development as an illustrative case study, this paper aims to answer the question whether Hong Kong’s changing planning and development institutions enable actors to plan and deliver sustainable urban development projects.

Erwin Heurkens, UKNA concept paper, August 2019.

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