Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities
The Governance of Land Use in Korea
This report examines land-use trends, policies and practices in Korea, in particular
in the city of Busan, through the lens of urban regeneration and citizen participation.
Land-use planning is critical for the efficient and inclusive management of cities,
pursuing sustainable and balanced development and improving quality of life and regional
competitiveness. Korea has benefitted from comprehensive and well-structured, hierarchical
land-use planning and urban regeneration frameworks. However, faced with a series
of demographic and economic challenges, together with geographic factors and historical
developments, Korea needs to re-evaluate land-use management and urban regeneration
to leverage inclusive growth and boost competitiveness in Korean cities. This report
argues that involving citizens in land-use planning and urban regeneration is essential
to collect better quality information as a basis for plans, decisions and outcomes.
This report is of relevant to urban planners, land use especialists, and city managers
who work on urban regeneration projects and citizens’ participation.