An Evaluation of Urban Regeneration Incentives within Collaborative Planning Framework

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Niron S., Akçakaya Waite İ.

International Conference on Sustainable Cities and Urban Landscapes (ICSULA) 2023, Konya, Turkey, 26 - 27 October 2023, pp.919-932

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Doi Number: 10.5281/zenodo.10201252
  • City: Konya
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.919-932
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Collaborative planning is a transparent approach that improves social diversity, effective collaborations, mediation methods, and conflict resolution within an interactive process. This approach finds applications in various domains, including urban regeneration, to promote sustainability. Despite some studies exploring economic and spatially targeted urban regeneration incentives, the extent these mechanisms enhance collaborative processes in ensuring the sustainability and success of urban regeneration remains underexplored. This study contributes to the existing literature by investigating how urban regeneration incentive processes align with collaborative planning principles throughout the production, approval, implementation, and feedback stages. It focuses on Zeytinburnu Municipality in Istanbul, which is widely recognized for its extensive experience in urban regeneration projects, as well as its floor area ratio transfer practices in local development planning. The study employs qualitative methodology involving in-depth interviews with ten informed experts actively engaged in the production stage of urban regeneration incentive processes initiated by Zeytinburnu Municipality. Content analysis is applied to evaluate these interviews. One main finding is that although Zeytinburnu Municipality employs a multidisciplinary team in producing urban regeneration incentives, the process lacks sufficient stakeholder engagement and representation. Furthermore, deficiencies in managing the process stages result in shortcomings in meeting collaborative planning criteria. In this context, recommendations could include strengthening the legal foundation of incentive implementations, implementing effective and inclusive collaboration tools and methods, involving stakeholders in various stages of the process, increasing community participation level, and utilizing transparency-enhancing tools and applications.