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Planning Guidelines

Urban planning is ultimately a dynamic process that must evolve as the needs of the city evolve. These guidelines provide an overview of how charter city planners can effectively create a charter city that generates sustained and inclusive economic growth.

The effects of both underplanning and overplanning have been placed on full display in existing and new cities developed throughout the Global South. In rapidly growing megacities, many local governments lack the financial or technical capacity (or both) to engage in urban planning that enhances service provision. At the other end of the spectrum are new cities—projects master-planned, built, and populated often “from scratch” (i.e., from a quasi-greenfield state), usually by a central coordinating entity. Many of these new cities are overplanned and inaccessible to the majority of the population.

For a charter city to be successful, its urban development must strike an appropriate balance between formal urban planning and emergent market and community forces. Planning is ultimately a dynamic process that must evolve as the needs of the city evolve. These guidelines will provide an overview of how charter city planners can effectively create a charter city that generates sustained and inclusive economic growth. It outlines how developers and planners should think about transportation, urban planning, and overall design for emerging charter cities. It contains three parts:

  1. City Development Guidelines: These guidelines discuss the set of values about a charter city’s built environment that CCI sees as vital for long-run success.
  2. Urban Planning Guidelines: This section develops a set of spatial guidelines to be utilized by planners when drafting and implementing a charter city’s urban plan. 
  3. Mobility Guidelines:

    These guidelines focus on transportation planning, intended to maximize mobility for residents within a charter city. 

Read more below or reach out to Urban Researcher Heba Elhanafy for more: [email protected]

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