Zoning system, as a mean of land use planning in Korea, has played the key role in managing national land. The zoning system has, however, raised debates for the fact that too many zoning districts, 254 zoning districts as the end of 2002, have been designated by 10 central government ministries with the 87 related laws. The number of zoning districts, in reality, may not be a serious problem but redundant zoning regulations have been raised many debates or problems in land management.
This study aims at recommending some policy directions to improve more systematically and simplifiedly the complicated zoning system. This paper consists of five chapters. Following the Introduction, Chapter 2 examines the legal system and analyzes the designated zoning districts by its function. Chapter 3 evaluates the zoning system by using the classical regulatory policy rationales. Chapter 4 suggests the policy directions for articulating land use planning systems. In this part, this paper emphasizes the role of “National Land Planning and Use Law” enacted since this year, and the coordination function among concerned ministries and related laws. Finally, Chapter 5 digests this paper as a conclusion remarks.