Saitama’s Kawaguchi City is introducing tougher regulations regarding the development of studio apartments.
Kawaguchi is located on the northern side of Tokyo. The city’s population has been steady increasing over the past 30 years, but the influx of new residents can sometimes create troubles with existing residents. The main complaints tend to involve illegally parked bicycles and incorrect disposal of garbage, and troubles tend to be focused around buildings containing a high number of small, studio-type apartments.
For the past 10 years, the city has had a net influx in new residents, with 4,070 new residents in 2014. The city’s proximity to Tokyo attracts single workers and foreign residents. According to a survey by the city, there were 45,000 apartments less than 40 sqm (430 sq.ft) in size in 2013, an increase of 50% from 2008. The construction of primarily studio-type buildings has also seen a steep increase over the past few years..
Regulations will require that apartment buildings with over 15 units must have at least one bicycle parking space per unit, as well as clearly defined explanations for the garbage disposal. Developers found to be violating these regulations will have their names made public.
The new regulations are scheduled to be enforced from January 2017.
Source: The Nikkei Shimbun, June 29, 2016.