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Compulsory Property Acquisition for Urban Densification

1st Edition

Edited by Glen Searle


206 pages

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Densification has been a central method of achieving smart, sustainable cities across the world. This book explores international examples of the property rights tensions involved in attempting to develop denser, more sustainable cities through compulsory acquisition of property. The case studies from Europe, North America, eastern Asia and Australia show how well, or not, property rights have been recognised in each country. Chapters explore the significance of local legal frameworks and institutions in accommodating property rights in the densification process. In particular, the case studies address the following issues and more:

  • Whether compulsory acquisition to increase densification is justified in practice and in theory
  • The specific public benefits given for compulsory acquisition
  • The role the development industry plays in facilitating, encouraging or promoting compulsory acquisition
  • What compensation or offsets are offered for acquisition, and how are they funded?
  • Is there a local or national history of compulsory property acquisition by government for a range of purposes?
  • Is compulsory acquisition restricted to certain types or locations of densification?
  • Where existing housing is acquired, are there obligations to provide alternative housing arrangements?

The central aim of the book is to summarize international experiences of the extent to which property rights have or have not been protected in the use of compulsory property acquisition to achieve sustainable cities via urban densification. It is essential reading for all those interested in planning law, property rights, environmental law, urban studies, sustainable urban development and land use policy.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1Introduction, Glen Searle Chapter 2Compulsory land acquisition in the Netherlands, Sanne Holtslag-Broekhof, Thomas Hartmann and Tejo Spit Chapter 3 Eminent domain use for densification in the United States, Edward Sullivan Chapter 4 Compulsory acquisition in UK public housing estate renewal: legal, planning and project delivery perspectives, Gary Cox Chapter 5 Compulsory property acquisition for urban densification in Germany, Juliane AlbrechtChapter 6 Accommodating densification and social sustainability in the inner city: case study of Griffintown in Montreal, Sebastian Darchen and Claire Poitras Chapter 7 The use of compulsory property acquisition and land readjustment in urban densification in Spain, Demetrio Munoz Gielen and Marta Lora-Tamayo Vallve Chapter 8 Densification, dispossession and disposable lives: a case study of urban space production through the Expo in Shanghai, Yunpeng Zhang Chapter 9 Rural densification under China's Link Policy, Long Cheng Chapter 10 Land acquisition in Singapore: taking and giving, Alice Christudason Chapter 11 Everybody needs good neighbours, especially in strata: are new Australian laws enabling forced sales of strata properties justified? Laura Crommelin, Laurence Troy, Bill Randolph and Hazel Easthope Chapter 12 Compulsory acquisition of private property rights for densification in Australia, John Sheehan and Charlie Glinka Chapter 13 Conclusion, Glen Searle

About the Editor

Glen Searle is Honorary Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning and Policy at the University of Sydney, and Adjunct Associate Professor in Planning, University of Queensland, Australia. He is the former Editor-in-Chief of Urban Policy and Research.

About the Series

Routledge Complex Real Property Rights Series

Real Property Rights are central to the global economy and provide a legal framework for how society (be it developed or customary) relates to land and buildings. We need to better understand property rights to ensure sustainable societies, careful use of limited resources and sound ecological stewardship of our land and water. Contemporary property rights theory is dynamic and needs to engage thinkers who are prepared to think outside their disciplinary limitations.

The Routledge Complex Real Property Rights Series strives to take a transdisciplinary approach to understanding property rights and specifically encourages heterodox thinking. Through rich international case studies, the goal of the series is to build models to connect theory to observed reality, informing potential policy outcomes. This series is both an ideal forum and reference for students and scholars of property rights and land issues.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Housing & Urban Development
LAW / Land Use
LAW / Property
LAW / Real Estate
LAW / Indigenous Peoples
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Rural
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Construction / General

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