Urban Growth Boundaries – A perspective from the developing world

Authors: Pankaj Bajracharya*, University of North Carolina - Greensboro
Topics: Urban Geography, Urban and Regional Planning, Third World
Keywords: UGB, global south, urbanization, developing countries, urban growth boundaries, deve
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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This study examines the application of Urban Growth Boundaries (UGB) as an urban containment tool for developing countries. The use of UGBs have been largely been concentrated in the developed countries and subsequently, research related to UGBs have also primarily focuses on these countries. However, there has been a rise in the number of developing countries where UGBs have been implemented as method for restricting fast paced, unplanned and, unregulated urban expansion. This study provides a review of literature on the implementation process and effectiveness of UGBs within these developing countries. In particularly, the study examines 5 countries in the Global South namely: China, Saudi Arabia, Albania, Chile and South Africa, where UGBs have been employed for urban growth restriction. Based on the review of available literature, the study investigates the methodology used in the implementation process of UGBs in these countries, and highlights some of the reoccurring problems, and limitations associated with implementing UGBs within a developing country. Finally, understanding that challenges associated with establishment of UGBs are different for the developed and the developing world, the study identifies key lessons learned from the success and failure of UGBs in these countries and provides reflection on the common challenges would need to be addressed for a successful establishment of UGBs in the developing countries.

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