The Seoul Metropolitan Government’s 2025 Basic Plan for Overhaul of Urban/Residential Environment, which will serve as the groundwork of an overhaul of commercial/semi-industrial areas in three underdeveloped areas and seven metropolitan centers, has passed the deliberation process. The basic direction of the plan is the securing of urban competitiveness with a strategy of promotion of a differentiated overhaul of different areas with a focus on preservation and development.
The content of the urban regeneration project is as follows:
① The securing of local competitiveness with a differentiated strategy of development focused on each local center
Downtown areas surrounded by the Seoul City Wall will be preserved, while other downtown centers in Yeongdeungpo, Yongsan, and Cheongnyangni will be developed with a focus on each local center through the reorganization of the areas to be overhauled.
② Reinvigoration of downtown areas through preservation of history/culture-related areas and regeneration of downtown
Management will be reinforced so as to not let the height of newly built buildings in downtown areas exceed 90m [the height of the four inner mountains (Bugaksan, Naksan, Namsan, and Inwangsan)], to help people enjoy the mountain scenery as much as possible and to maintain harmony with neighboring buildings.
③ Customized regeneration with local characteristics taken into account
The concept and terms of urban overhaul will be redefined for a customized overhaul. Efforts will be made to adopt diverse methods of overhaul in each area.
④ Presentation of new planning standards that can cope with changes in the future
Giving floor area ratio-related incentives to newly built buildings adopting the concept of environmentally friendliness and containing high quality fire/flood-preventing facilities.