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Title: Incoherence of urban planning policy in Bucharest: Its potential for land use conflict
Contributor(s): Ianos, Ioan (author); Sorensen, Anthony  (author)orcid ; Merciu, Cristina (author)
Publication Date: 2017
DOI: 10.1016/j.landusepol.2016.10.030
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Abstract: Bucharest is a city in transition from its communist past to a market economy, but poor urban planning in is impacting adversely on contested spaces. Lack of effective and strictly enforced regulation and public sector indecision, mixed with problems inherited from the Ceausescu regime, generate many examples of poor urban planning and management. One such example concerns the uncertain future of Văcăreşti "Lake", our in-depth case study, which is an encapsulated 184 ha wetland whose management has been particularly poor. Employing a mixed methodology of mapping the evolution of the area in question and conducting interviews with surrounding residents and experts in the urban planning or public administration, we demonstrate how lack of an effective planning system and appropriate policies serves to exacerbate conflict between interested parties. Initially there was a conflict between former landowners and authorities, after which developers, surrounding populations, urban planners and ecologists were added. Worse still, the juridical owners of the site are unresolved! Many government agencies and the Bucharest municipality have also compounded the problem by failing to take a lead in future planning and conflict resolution by adopting a passive management approach, which is a recipe for inaction in a poorly regulated land market. Thus, incoherent land use policy has greatly amplified individual and professional conflict both at the local level and city-wide.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Land Use Policy, v.60, p. 101-112
Publisher: Pergamon Press
Place of Publication: Oxford, United Kingdom
ISSN: 0264-8377
Field of Research (FOR): 120502 History and Theory of the Built Environment (excl. Architecture)
120504 Land Use and Environmental Planning
120507 Urban Analysis and Development
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
960511 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Urban and Industrial Environments
961208 Rehabilitation of Degraded Urban and Industrial Environments
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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