CPC Central Committee and the State Council formally Approve the Regulatory Plan for the Capital Functional Core Area
On Aug. 21, 2020, the Regulatory Plan (Block Level) of the Capital Functional Core Area (2018 – 2035) was formally approved by the CPC Central Committee and the State Council. The approval and the plan clarified the strategic positioning of the capital functional core area, put forward the development goal of building a capital functional core area with an excellent governmental environment, outstanding cultural charm, first-class living environment, and clarified the scale and structure of the capital functional core area. The approval of the CPC Central Committee and the State Council is the general program and guideline for the future core area; the regulatory plan for the core area provides the basic basis and specific requirements for the development, construction, and management of the core area. The regulatory plan for the core area puts forward the strategic positioning of the functional core area of the capital: the functional core area of the capital is the “one core” in Beijing’s urban spatial structure, and in the future this “one core” will be built into the core bearing area of the national political, cultural and international exchange centers, as well as a key area for the protection of historical city and an important window area for displaying the image of the national capital. The scale and structure of the core area are clearly defined: through a combination of strict control of incremental quantity and de-stocking, strict control of the total construction volume and population size, and optimization of land use and population structure, the size of the resident population in the core area will be controlled at around 1.7 million by 2035 (and around 1.55 million by 2050). The scale of above-ground buildings is controlled at about 119 million m2 (stabilized at about 110 million m2 by 2050); the proportion of land used for public service facilities and public affairs in the total area is increased from the current 11.1% to 12.3%, and the proportion of public space is increased from 34.3% to 38.4%; with “two axes, one city, and one ring” as the skeleton of the core area, it continues the historical pattern of the ancient capital and integrates the historical and cultural landscape with the modern urban landscape.