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Hainan restricts buildings height, protects environment

Updated: 2019-01-31 17:13:31

Height of residential buildings in Sanya to be limited to under 80 meters




The Department of Natural Resources and Planning of Hainan Province has rolled out a new regulation on the height of residential buildings as one of the regional works to develop into a pilot free trade zone (port).


According to the document, new residential buildings in downtown Haikou, the provincial capital, and Sanya will be no more than 80 meters tall.


In Sanya, residential buildings to be built in regions including Sanya’s Haitang Bay area, the central urban area, the Hongtang Bay area, and the Yazhou Bay Sci-Tech District should not exceed 80 meters in height.


Two other Hainanese cities, Danzhou and Qionghai, will limit the height of new residential buildings to a maximum of 60 meters in their central urban areas. Some cities, counties, and villages will cap building heights at 12 to 45 meters.


Hainan’s urban planning for the 2015-2030 period includes strict new requirements on building heights depending on purpose and location.


To develop into a pilot free trade zone (port), the island will be granted more autonomy to reform, and to speed up the fostering of a law-based, international, convenient business environment as well as a fair, open, unified and efficient market environment, according to the plan issued by the State Council.


Hainan to phase out sales of fossil-fuel vehicles starting March 1st, 2019




Starting March 1st, 2019, Hainan will phase out the sales of traditionally fueled vehicles step by step for greater environmental conservation on the island, according to a press conference on Hainan’s air pollution control measures held in Haikou on January 8th, 2019.


Meanwhile, the guideline emphasizes that China will accelerate the promotion of new energy vehicles(NEV) and energy-saving vehicles, and control the motor vehicle parc “in a scientific way”.


Hainan’s move came after the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology announced in 2017 that China has been studying a timetable to end the sales of traditional fossil-fuel powered cars, but the ministry has not given details about whether, when and how the sales will end.


The decision stipulates that relevant departments should design a plan to accelerate the use of new-energy vehicles and to promote the construction of infrastructures such as chargers for electronic cars.