The Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry plans to relax the floor area ratio of buildings so that larger hotels can be built on sites with the same areas when hotels are newly built or rebuilt, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned.
The ministry reportedly will notify local governments across the nation about the measure as early as this summer. Given that a shortage of hotels has been becoming serious in major cities such as Tokyo and Osaka due to a rapid increase in the number of foreign tourists, the measure is aimed at encouraging construction and improvement of hotels, according to sources. It also is expected that even in regional cities, if old buildings are rebuilt into hotels, it will help attract more tourists to these cities.
If the floor area ratio is relaxed, it will become possible to construct hotels with a larger number of floors and guestrooms.
For example, in commercial districts where hotels can be constructed, a floor area ratio designated by the central government ranges from 200 to 1,300 percent of the land area, and local governments each set their ratios within this range based on the City Planning Law and other regulations. In some parts of central areas of large cities such as Tokyo and Osaka, the ratio is allowed to be raised to more than 1,300 percent for large-scale development projects.
According to the sources, the ministry plans to review the regulation so that the hotel floor area ratio can be relaxed for small-scale development projects. In regional cities, areas in front of stations and other areas are convenient as many railways and bus services are available, but aged small buildings stand in these areas. The ministry plans to relax the regulation to prioritize construction of hotels, expecting that more old buildings will be reconstructed. If the number of hotel rooms increases in regional cities, more tourists are expected to travel around those areas.
source by the-japan-news