over 350,000 illegal buildings in shenzhen?

I have been reading and translating texts about the latest effort to clean up (raze and rebuild) urban villages to conform to changing definitions of what constitutes a modern global city, which is, of course, the goal of Shenzhen’s 2010-2020 overall urban plan. Below an excerpt from an online report on the results of a survey to catalogue all the illegal buildings in the urban villages. Of note: illegal status is defined historically, in other words: buildings become illegal over time (either they become dangerous or come into conflict with changing codes). Worth remembering: Shenzhen’s urban villages occupy roughly 4% of Shenzhen’s actual land, but are home to an estimated 50% of the population, and generate a significant percentage of the local economy.

去年6月2日,《深圳市人大常委会关于农村城市化历史遗留违法建筑的处理决定》(以下简称《决定》)颁布实施,为了搭上这个政策的末班车,深圳掀起了新一轮违法抢建高潮。按照此决定要求,要对全市违法建筑进行全面普查,建立违法建筑台账和数据库,并在一年内出台《决定》的实施办法。今年以来,违法建筑的信息普查工作在全市各区全面展开,实施办法的制定工作也在紧锣密鼓的进行之中。

截至今年6月2日,全市基本完成了信息普查的数据录入工作。根据信息普查数据统计结果,全市农村城市化历史遗留违法建筑普查总量为35.7万栋,建筑面积为3.92亿平方米,用地面积131平方公里;已申报了34.8万栋,申报率97.63%。与此同时,6月8日,《决定》的实施办法已经获得市政府常务会议原则通过,下一步获得市人大常委会通过后便可实施。

Translation: June 2, last year [2009], the “Shenzhen Municipality People’s Congress Standing Committee’s Decision for Handling Illegal Buildings Left from the History of Rural Urbanization” (below “Decision”) was promulgated, opening another surge of illegal construction in order to take advantage of this policy. According to Decision requirements, there would be a thorough inspection of all illegal buildings in the city to establish an archive of illegal building costs and numbers, to be finished within one year. To date, inspection of illegal buildings has been conducted throughout the city, even as the work of documentation has been accomplished with much fanfare.

By June 2, this year [2010], the basic work of gathering information and recording statistics had been completed. According to the survey results, there are 357,000 illegal buildings left from the history of rural urbanization. These buildings have a total area of 392 million square meters and take up 131 square kilometers of land. 348,000 buildings have already been reported for a report ratio of 97.63%. At the same time on June 8, the implementation of the Decision was in principal approved by the Standing Committee of the Municipal Government and will next go to the Standing Committee of the People’s Congress for final ratification.  You Xiping, Xinlang Real Estate, August 17, 2010

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