Of fast lanes, flora, and foreign workers: managing land use conflicts in Singapore

Sze, Mayers Ng Mei and Sovacool, Benjamin K (2013) Of fast lanes, flora, and foreign workers: managing land use conflicts in Singapore. Land Use Policy, 30 (1). pp. 167-176. ISSN 0264-8377

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Abstract

This paper presents a preliminary land use conflict resolution model and then evaluates how Singapore measures up with three examples of land use conflicts. The study begins by arguing that the criteria of efficiency, equity, sustainability, and compatibility should be utilized to manage conflicts in land use. Efficiency involves having quick and conducive development and transactions of land that promote economic growth. Equity encompasses having a fair system that involves all relevant stakeholders. Sustainability relates to how environmentally and socially sound land use is for current and future users. Compatibility refers to how land use is integrated with other laws and regulations. The study then applies this framework to three case studies of land use conflict in Singapore: the demolition of a national library for the Fort Canning tunnel, the reprieve of Chek Jawa Wetlands, and the creation of a foreign workers dormitory in a residential neighborhood. We find that the Chek Jawa scheme scored the best according to our criteria, the workers dormitory second best, and the Fort Canning tunnel third. We conclude by offering implications for public policy and land use policy more broadly.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Depositing User: Benjamin Sovacool
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2016 16:26
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2016 16:09
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/58346
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