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15 July 2015


Hunan Unveils New Master Plan for Changsha-Zhuzhou-Xiangtan “Green Heart”

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The Changsha-Zhuzhou-Xiangtan integration is accelerating. 
Recently, the Hunan Development and Reform Commission unveiled a revised version of the Master Plan for the Changsha-Zhuzhou-Xiangtan City Cluster Ecological “Green Heart” Zone (2010-2030). According to the plan, the “green heart” zone will be built as an ecological buffer of the Changsha-Zhuzhou-Xiangtan City Cluster, and a world-class city cluster “green heart”.  
Building a world-class city cluster “green heart” 
Comprising 14 districts with a total area of 528.32 sqm
In 2011, Hunan announced its master plan for the Changsha-Zhuzhou-Xiangtan City Cluster Ecological “Green Heart” Zone (2010-2030). In order to meet the requirements of the new era, the Hunan Provincial People’s Government, the Hunan Development and Reform Commission, and the Hunan Department of Natural Resources organized hearings this August to collect public opinion. A revised “Master Plan” was then formulated.  
The “green heart” zone is at the intersection of Changsha, Zhuzhou, and Xiangtan. It stretches to the Changsha Belt Expressway and Liuyang River to the north; Changsha-Xiangtan Expressway western line to the west; Liuyang Zhentou Town to the east; and, Xiangtan Yisuhe Town to the south. The total area is 528.32 square kilometers. 
The zone is comprised of 14 districts, coinciding with the administrative divisions, for an all-round administration and control. Changsha has 5 districts – Pingtang, Muyun, Tongsheng, Tiaoma, and Baijia-Zhentou Town; Xiangtan has 5 – Jiuhua, Zhaoshan, Yuetang, Hi-tech zone, and Yisuhe; and, Zhuzhou has 4– Tianyuan, Baimalong, Yunlong, and Hetang. 
There will be a layout featuring “one core and six clusters”. The “core” is the center of the “green heart” zone, including Zhaoshan, Shiyan Lake, and some ecological spots. The “six clusters” are Zhaoshan, Yuetang, Muyun, Tongsheng-Tiaoma, Baijia, and Baimalong. 
During the planning period, the “green heart” zone will be built into a sample of ecological development; a presentation of Huxiang culture; a show window of the Two-oriented Society innovation; and, a platform for urban-rural integration exploration. A world-class city cluster “green heart” is to be shaped. 
Prohibiting new and terminating old industrial projects, and strictly controlling real estate development
Encouraging eco-agriculture, agro-tourism, high-end modern service industry, and innovative incubators 
The revised version stipulates that, real estate development in the “green heart” zone will be rigorously controlled, in order to prevent excessive growth for oversize external population. By 2030, the permanent residents in the zone should be fewer than 390,000. Industrial projects, and construction projects that may cause pollution, are prohibited in or will be moved from the zone. 
The plan gives detailed instructions for nine aspects: ecological protection and construction; environmental protection; historic and cultural relics protection; urban-rural integration and attractive countryside construction; industrial development and layout; comprehensive transportation; infrastructure; public service facilities; and, comprehensive disaster prevention and mitigation. 
Green industries are encouraged in the zone, including eco-agriculture; tourism and recreation; high-end modern service industry; and, innovative incubators. Industrial development in the zone will adhere to the “four benefits” principle – to the benefits of implementing the zone regulations; ecological protection; furthering Changsha-Zhuzhou-Xiangtan integration; and, preserving and increasing the value of the zone. 
In order to accelerate Changsha-Zhuzhou-Xiangtan integration, some comprehensive transportation facilities are planned, including general aviation services in Zhaoshan, and connecting lines reserved for Chongqing-Changsha-Xiamen High-speed Railway. 
This article is from Hunan Provincial Government. 
Translator: Pang Yuehui
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