Changsha aims to achieve a first-tier city status
Changsha Urban and Rural Planning Bureau has released the city's 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-20) which seeks to place the city among leading first-tier cities in China.
According to the plan, Changsha will re-arrange its layout and infrastructures based on the standards of a megalopolis, and optimize urban design to make the city more beautiful and livable.
The city plans to build "3+5" metropolitan areas with Changsha as its core and the "one body, two wings" urban spatial pattern (one body, namely six districts of the downtown area and Changsha county; two wings, namely Liuyang and Ningxiang, both county-level cities).
The plan is a review and improvements of the 12th Five-Year Plan (2011-15) period. By the end of 2015, Changsha's population reached 7.31 million and the level of urbanization topping 73.5 percent. The city's total economic output ranks sixth in the provincial capital cities with per capita GDP ranking first among peers in Central China—Hubei, Henan and Hunan provinces.
The development plan will establish the Changsha-focused metropolitan areas development goals and strategic orientation, thereby enhancing Changsha's leading role and service function to surrounding cities.
Changsha will strengthen the driving force presented by central urban areas and step up efforts to develop the cities of Ningxiang and Liuyang, forming the spatial scale and the city's fabric to match with national-level central cities.
To make clear the future version of Changsha, the city has drafted Changsha 2049 long-term development strategic planning.
In the future, Changsha will focus on building key areas such as Yuelu Mountain National University Science Park and High-speed Railway New Town, aimed to develop Changsha into a city of technological and cultural innovations in Central China.
Changsha will develop the university science park into a base for national leading innovations and scientific achievement applications and a gathering place for high-end talent. It will be a national first-class technological town integrating functions of urban functions, scenic spot, technological park and education.
Top-notch planning and design companies will be invited to participate in the design of Malanshan Cultural and Creative Zone, building the park into a cluster area for cultural innovation under the support of the Golden Eagle Broadcasting System and with digital video as its leading industry by way of "culture plus" and "internet plus".
Changsha will fully amplify the effects of exhibition economy, high-speed rail economy and airport economy, focusing on the construction of Changsha Airport Economic Demonstration Zone and High-speed Railway New Town. The target is to develop Changsha as an important transportation hub of Yangtze River economic belt, an opening-up area in Central China and an internationally renowned aviation logistics center.
The city plans to speed up efforts to develop its financial sector and modern services, building a new town in its southern part.
Source: Changsha Evening News