Kyoto City Landscape Policy 2007 / The Persuasiveness of the District Plan (Meirin District)
District Planning is one of the major influence of the Landscape Policy. It is introduced in 1980s as an enforcement to the City Planning Act.  Instead of setting up regulations, the neighbour association of Meirin District provide an intermedia communication platform between the city, the community on one hand, and the construction associations, architects and owners on the other hand.  As a convincing mediator, they aims to encourage people to design in an urban scale in cooperate with the urban fabric.
The persuasiveness of the association
The idea of the persuasiveness is a way to provide a discussion between the architect or contractor and the association. Through the meeting, they will provide extensive information in different aspects, such as historical and tradition informations of the district. This methodology encourage architects and contractors to think precisely on their decisions and also persuade them to take in account on the historical background of the site. On the other hand, to introduce the importance of preserving the history of Kyoto.
The city planning might be a problem of preventing the future developments if rules are strictly followed. The neighbour association of Meirin district chose a passive role to influence the communities on the design aspect. This, in a way, to open up more possibilities on the modern design but still encourage the appreciation of the history. The effectiveness of the policy are highly influenced by how districts response to it. Regulations set by the district are used to enhance the effectiveness and increase the awareness of the community.
Map of Meirin District indicating the existence of machiya, encountered by a KCCC survey between 2008 and 2010 (Source: Heritage, History and Design between East and West: A Close-up on Kyotos Urban Fabric. Delft: TU Delft, 2018)
 Marshall, Stephen. Urban Coding and Planning. 2011 p. 125
 Thoor, Maria Theresia Antoinette Van, and Sara Stroux. Heritage, History and Design between East and West: A Close-up on Kyotos Urban Fabric. Delft: TU Delft, 2018 p. 40-43