Urban renewal and environmental planning in Hong Kong

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The grave shortage of land suitable for development has always been a major constraint on urbanisation in Hong Kong. Rather lax or inappropriate planning controls in the past have resulted in haphazard city growth, leaving extensive areas of densely-packed tenement slums. Recent sluggish attempts at urban renewal have brought little relief. The objectives of environmental planning to rejuvenate the old districts are assessed in relation to their limitations and potential. The problems and opportunities of employing comprehensive redevelopment to upgrade environmental quality with reference to building stocks in the pre-war and post-war private residential, public housing and obsolete industrial sectors are evaluated. The prospects of environmental improvement through new institutional framework and legislative measures are discussed. Copyright © 1994 Kluwer Academic Publishers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163-181
JournalThe Environmentalist
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sept 1994


Jim, C. Y. (1994). Urban renewal and environmental planning in Hong Kong. Environmentalist, 14(3), 163–181. doi: 10.1007/BF01907135


  • Environmental management
  • Nature conservation
  • Environmental quality
  • Industrial sector
  • Public housing


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