PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2015, Vol. 34 ›› Issue (9): 1123-1134.doi: 10.18306/dlkxjz.2015.09.005

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Content identification and optimization strategies of legal spatial planning system for airport-related economic zones

Xianchun ZHANG1(), Linchuan YANG2, Qiaoyu XIANG3, Shijian HONG4()   

  1. 1. Faculty of Architecture, the University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong 999077, China
    2. Faculty of Engineering, the University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong 999077, China
    3. China Airport Construction Group Corporation, Beijing 100101, China
    4. School of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Xiamen University, Xiamen 361005, Fujian, China
  • Online:2015-09-25 Published:2015-09-25


Along with the rapid development of airport economy, airport-related economic zone (AEZ) is becoming a vital force for promoting urban growth. At present, AEZ in China is characterized by early stage of development and there is a general lack of systematic theoretical research and planning practices; different types of planning lack of necessary coordination. Through a literature review and empirical research, this study differentiates and analyzes the connotations and characteristics of AEZ, and puts forward the concept of generalized AEZ. Based on the numerous, multiple types of existing AEZ planning, this study summarizes the AEZ-related Chinese legal spatial planning system (urban master planning—comprehensive planning of AEZ—regulatory planning of AEZ—site planning of AEZ). Combining with the current planning practices, this article identifies and analyzes the important contents of different levels of spatial planning. In the final part, it puts forward five suggestions: clarifying the functional position of AEZ; reserving industrial space; improving service facilities; setting up a high-level management bureau; and achieving a health balance between work space and housing.

Key words: airport-related economic zone, legal spatial planning system, coordination, service facilities