Kyoto City Landscape Policy 2007 / The District Plan

In 1980s the Amendment of City Planning Act introduced The District Plan system which consists of general policies and detailed development directions to enhance the policy launched by the government. [2] By 2006, Kyoto city had adopted forty-four District Plans. The main districts contributing at the centre of Kyoto are Shutoku, Honnoh and Meirin, which their policy are approved by the City Planning and Zoning Commission as a model of local cooperation. [1]

The Building Agreements of the District Plan are set as a urban code to conserve the historic identities of the city through standardising the design of townhouse. The agreement also promote a better living and working environment of the district. They also conduct surveys to reflect on the building restrictions set which then will be reported back to the City Planning and Zoning Commission for future modification of the policy. Once a new policy is launched, it is essential for the neighbourhood to revise the regulations. For example in the landscape policy launched in 2007, the building height control has lower its restriction from the past.


The district plan subsidised with the supports from the neighbourhood association consolidate the national identity of Kyoto. There is a strong connections in between the individual, the community and the government.

Fig .1 – 2007 Building Agreement in central Kyoto (Source:Marshall, Stephen. Urban Coding and Planning. 2011)



References :

[1] Marshall, Stephen. Urban Coding and Planning, 2011, p. 125-128

[2] Pekkanen, Robert, Yutaka Tsujinaka, Hidehiro Yamamoto, and Leslie Tkach-Kawasaki. Neighborhood Associations and Local Governance in Japan, London: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2014, p. 13-14

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