Administrative restructuring and urban land-use—A spatial explicit perspective

Authors: Chen Zeng*,
Topics: Land Use, Spatial Analysis & Modeling, Planning Geography
Keywords: administrative restructuring; land use intensity; spatial modeling; Wuhan agglomeration
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/14/2018
Start / End Time: 4:00 PM / 5:40 PM
Room: Balcony K, Marriott, River Tower Elevators, 4th Floor
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The rapid industrialization, urbanization, and population explosion have ushered forth the era
focusing on the efficient use of land resources to achieve sustainable development. “Intensive Land-Use Plan”
was therefore proposed in the context of focusing on “inventory planning” in rapidly developing countries, particularly China. We develop our framework based on the hypothesis that administrative status has a spatial effect on intensive land use and explore this effect dynamically. We summarized the different degrees of land-use intensity based on different administrative status (i.e., urban district, suburban district, county, county-level city, and district) and make categorizations. We also devised spatial models in multiple strategies embedded with different spatial weight matrices to the underlying driving forces using Wuhan agglomeration as the case. Results show that 1) urbanization, industrial structure, and retail sales of consumer goods are highly correlated with land-use intensity change, with all factors being positive; 2) the influences of different administrative status exist and strengthened in the past decade; the spatial interaction is greater when urban district is adjacent to district in the prefecture city in 2005 and 2015. In turn, this finding affirms the phenomenon that the administrative power has gradually strengthened, and the city centers are the most vibrant areas to compete for higher land-use efficiency. The emergence of diversified types of counties, such as urban districts and county-level cities, has further pressed the necessity to embed administrative influence in spatial regression. These findings provide theoretical basis and provide policy implications on administrative adjustment and intensive land use.

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