I recently contributed to a book on Global Experiences in Land Readjustment organized by MIT and published by UN-Habitat (United Nations Human Settlements Programme). This book examines and presents processes of designing and implementing land readjustment in the context of developing countries. Land readjustment is an alternative land-assembly approach to government compulsory purchase (often referred to as eminent domain) and voluntary market transaction.
In the land readjustment process, a public or private agency invites property owners to become stakeholders in a redevelopment project and to contribute their lands to the project as investment capital. In return, each property owner receives a land site of at least equal value in the vicinity of the original site upon project completion. After all properties in the district are assembled, the combined land sites are subdivided to make space for wider roads and other local infrastructure.
The conventional approaches to land assembly are often conflict-ridden. Land readjustment has been shown to reduce the initial capital requirement for land assembly, discourage holdouts, and minimize massive relocation of existing residents. When applying land readjustment at the right time and in the right place, this approach could mediate a major hindrance of land redevelopment in countries that are facing rapid urbanization.
The lessons of this book are also available through a new EdX e-course: Entrepreneurial Land Redevelopment Approach: Land Readjustment
Through this course, practitioners can add another viable option to their toolbox by learning about land readjustment as an alternative approach to urbanization in developing countries. What you’ll learn
- Increase your awareness and knowledge of land readjustment as a tool for facilitating urbanization and land redevelopment in developing countries;
- Provide you with techniques and strategies to design and implement land readjustment projects;
- Expose you to selected international experiences of land readjustment; and
- Facilitate cross-fertilization of ideas between you and other global policymakers, practitioners, and scholars who are interested in adopting land readjustment in their home country.