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Author(s): Emília Malcata Rebelo
Title: Land Use Policy for Sustainable Cities
Issue Date: 2010
Abstract: Property markets are strongly shaped not only by territorial plans, but also by the intervention of state, municipalities, and concessionary firms. Municipal decisionmakers intervene in property markets in order to foster the private initiative, through provision of favourable development conditions and assignment of permits. But these municipal decisions concerning land use changes, urban perimeters, land property division; increases in the number of autonomous plots, expansion of building capacity, and public works usually trigger serious land use consequences, and raises land prices. Conversely, urbanism shouldnt be mastered by a strictly market rationale, as it is a public service under the auspices of the state and of the municipalities, and land has a prominent social function. As the public administration holds the responsibility to provide land for the different kinds of uses at acceptable prices, a strategic territorial management is required, that includes a whole inter-related assessment of engineering, economics, and law perspectives, as a guarantee for justice, trust and technical and scientific accuracy. Consequently, changes in land uses and intensities should be monitored and rendered operational, in order to articulate sustainable economic and social policies. Within this scope, this article proposes the development of a set of tools to monitor and control property price levels (and respective evolution) by municipal powers, based on the comprehension of markets structure, operation and local characteristics.
Description: Property markets are strongly shaped not only by territorial plans, but also by the intervention of state, municipalities, and concessionary firms. Municipal decisionmakers intervene in property markets in order to foster the private initiative, through provision of favourable development conditions and assignment of permits. But these municipal decisions concerning land use changes, urban perimeters, land property division; increases in the number of autonomous plots, expansion of building capacity, and public works usually trigger serious land use consequences, and raises land prices. Conversely, urbanism shouldnt be mastered by a strictly market rationale, as it is a public service under the auspices of the state and of the municipalities, and land has a prominent social function. As the public administration holds the responsibility to provide land for the different kinds of uses at acceptable prices, a strategic territorial management is required, that includes a whole inter-related assessment of engineering, economics, and law perspectives, as a guarantee for justice, trust and technical and scientific accuracy. Consequently, changes in land uses and intensities should be monitored and rendered operational, in order to articulate sustainable economic and social policies. Within this scope, this article proposes the development of a set of tools to monitor and control property price levels (and respective evolution) by municipal powers, based on the comprehension of markets structure, operation and local characteristics.
Subject: Ciências sociais
Social sciences
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10216/100762
Source: Proceedings of the 46th Congress of the International Society of City and Regional Planners "Sustainable City: Developing World"
Document Type: Artigo em Livro de Atas de Conferência Internacional
Rights: restrictedAccess
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