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Incheon subway line no. 3 to become part of a new Special Free Zone… Grand transformation coming to Incheon’s northern districts

Incheon announces itsComprehensive Development Plan for Northern Incheon to help turn Incheon into afirst-class city

On November 10, Incheon MetropolitanCity announced its “Comprehensive Development Plan for Northern Incheon,” whichoutlines the first steps toward transforming Incheon into a world-class city,at the Auditorium inside the Seo-gu Office.




▲ On November 10, IncheonMetropolitan City announced its “Comprehensive Development Plan for NorthernIncheon,” which outlines the first steps toward transforming Incheon into aworld-class city, at the Auditorium inside the Seo-gu Office.

The City Administrationappears to be focusing on “change and innovation” given the drastic changes interms of policy direction and administrative systems brought on by the 8thdemocratically elected government of Incheon. The “Comprehensive DevelopmentPlan for Northern Incheon” reorganizes master plans for the Gyeyang-gu andSeo-gu districts in Incheon that lie north of Ara Canal (previously, the planwas titled the “Comprehensive Development Plan for the Northern Districts”).




▲ Provisions from the“Comprehensive Development Plan for the Northern Districts.”

The “ComprehensiveDevelopment Plan for the Northern Districts” was planned by the 6thdemocratically elected administration of Inchon, and specific development planswere commissioned in April 2019, which was during the 7th democraticallyelected administration. However, the project was suspended this March with just28 days remaining on its docket.

Meanwhile, the new“Comprehensive Development Plan for Northern Incheon” focuses more on thespatial planning of northern Incheon, its SOC supply plans, future developmentof landfills, and on improving the transportation network to make the northerndistricts of Incheon a better place to live. The new plan also hopes to connectthe northern districts, previously considered as being cut off due to the Ara Waterway,with significant waterfront infrastructure to offer its local residents.

More specifically, to drawa clear line between residential areas and industrial areas, Incheon will builda green belt that connects Gahyeonsan Mountain, the local neighborhood park,and wildflower colony. Then, the City Administration is hoping to work with theonly drone certification center in Korea currently under construction inIncheon City to build the first-ever UAM testing site on the top of theMetropolitan Area Landfill no. 2. By taking up the mantle as the leader in theUAM industry, Incheon will look to attract new businesses and growth industriesthat can help propel the city into the future.


▲ Incheon is planning afull overhaul of its urban and spatial plans for the northern districts.

Moreover, Incheon willdesignate a new “Special Free Drone Zone” and create an environment where UAMand its adjacent industries in Korea can come together to create a clusteralong the Ara Waterway. In terms of SOC supply, Incheon plans to build 46schools, libraries, sports centers, etc. by 2026, and add 40 more in thefuture. These SOCs will be built in line with the Geomdan New Town and UrbanDevelopment projects, and serve as part of Incheon’s efforts to consolidate itspublic offices.



▲ The Metropolitan AreaLandfill no. 2 will feature the only drone certification center and Free DroneZone drone in Korea, whereas Landfill no. 3 will become an open space for localresidents, and Landfill no. will turn into a wetland ecological park.

Moreover, to helpGeomdan-gu get on its feet as an administrative district following the recentreorganization of administrative districts across Incheon, plans are beingdeveloped to establish an “administrative town,” which includes the Geomdan-guOffice building.

Once the Metropolitan AreaLandfills are full, Incheon will lead their transformation as resources for thelocal area, and the City Administration also has plans to develop the entirearea surrounding Sawol Village, which has long been a tricky issue for Incheon,into an “Eco Meta City” for the future. Landfill no. 2 will become a “UAMtesting ground” and “multi-purpose sports park,” whereas Landfill no. 3 isexpected to become an “open space for local residents” created in collaborationwith locals, and Landfill no. 4 will become a “wetland ecological park” thattakes advantage of its location adjacent to the Yellow Sea. With these plans nowin place, Incheon is hoping to create a foundation to utilize the landfillsites and set its own policy direction on how it wants to transform theabove-ground areas of the City.

In addition, the City willbuild a circulating transportation network through the northern districts usingan urban railway network to integrate it with the southern districts ofIncheon, and finish the Jungbong Daero road to help alleviate trafficcongestion. This northern circular network will connect Incheon’s subway systemsusing the Incheon subway line no. 1, Incheon subway line no. 2, and the Seoulsubway line no. 7.




▲ The northern districtsof Incheon are expected to become a much better place to live with convenienttransportation thanks to a public transportation network that spreads out inall directions.

Incheon subway line no. 1proposed could extend all the way to Daegok-dong, Seo-gu, and transfer to theGimpo Metro line, while Incheon subway line no. 2 could reach the GeomdanIndustrial Complex via the Geomdan Oryu Station, and potentially reachGanghwado in the future. Furthermore, Incheon subway line no. 3 will connectGeomdan (Seo-gu), Cheongna, Jung-gu, and Dong-gu (Jemulpo).

Seoul subway line no. 7will connect the extended Cheongna line with Incheon subway line no. 2 via theGeomdan Oryu Station to form a northern circular subway network. It will alsoallow for transfers with Incheon subway line no 2 as part of a major SOC of NewHong Kong City connecting Ganghwa to the Metropolitan Area Landfill andCheongna.

This new plan will requirea total budget of KRW 1 billion between 2023 to 2025 to review the feasibilityof the project as part of a study commissioned for the urban railway networkconstruction plan.

Incheon Metropolitan Cityplans to promote the “Comprehensive Development Plan for Northern Incheon” asits flagship policy plan, so that its content can be reflected in legal planssuch as the City’s urban master plan and the urban railway network constructionplan going forward.

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