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Seven Ministries Jointly Require Strengthening the Administration of Planning and Construction of the Beijing-Hebei Border Areas
On Dec. 11, 2016, seven national ministries including the National Development and Reform Commission, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the Ministry of Land and Resources, the Ministry of Environmental Protection, the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, the Ministry of Water Resources, and the State Forestry Administration, released the Guiding Opinion on Strengthening the Administration of Planning and Construction of the Beijing-Hebei Border Areas. According to the Opinion, following the requirements of unified planning, unified policy, and unified control, the planning and construction in the Beijing-Hebei border areas should be strengthened so as to decentralize the non-capital functions in Beijing and boost the collaborated development of the Beijing-Hebei-Tianjin Region. Above all, policies concerning national land and resources are reiterated and highlighted for implementation such as outlining permanent elementary farmland and practicing special protection, strengthening control of land use master planning in the border areas, strictly controlling the scale of increased construction land use, redeveloping low-efficiency urban land use, and forbidding large-scale real estate development or land hoarding and investment in the border area.

The Opinion puts forward totally 16 measures, such as enhancing collaboration, strengthening planning, ecological protection, strict control, etc. Regarding strengthening planning administration, the Opinion suggests that the planning administration system should be reformed. Specifically speaking, the master planning and land use planning, urban-rural planning, and environmental protection planning of counties (cities, districts), such as Sanhe, Dachang, Xianghe, Guangyang, Gu’an, Yongqing, and Zhuozhou, should be formulated under the coordination of Hebei Province. And the planning of these areas should be connected with the planning of Beijing’s Sub-Center and that of the airport economic area of the new airport of Beijing. A joint planning examination and review mechanism should be established between related departments of the Beijing and Hebei government. In addition, the urban development intensity in the border areas should be strictly controlled. Related emphasis should be laid on clarifying the river and lake protection line, green land system line, infrastructures construction control line, historical and cultural heritages protection line, and red line for permanent basic farmland and ecological protection, in order to further make clear the development border of urban construction areas, industrial areas, and rural settlements, and prevent the urban sprawl and the encircling development around Beijing. 

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