The future of improved communities is coming. In 2019, the CPC Zhejiang Provincial Committee and Zhejiang Provincial Government launched the project of future community construction. As of May 2021, the provincial government has successively released a list of 90 pilot projects of future communities in three batches. When the word “future” combines with “community”, the neighborhood we live in every day, we can see a vivid and beautiful picture unfolding itself.

What Is Future Community – New Functional Unit for Cities

Following the Work Plan of Constructing Pilot Future Communities in Zhejiang Province issued by the People’s Government of Zhejiang Province, the project will build nine scenarios, including future neighborhood, education, health, entrepreneurship, architecture, transportation, energy, property management and governance.

One example is Greentown’s Lixian Future Community in Quzhou, which we provide legal compliance service. It serves as one of the first future community projects in Zhejiang, as well as the first in Quzhou. It aims to build a natural community featuring sustainable environment, friendly neighborhood, and precise management. That is to say, future community is a new type of functional unit for cities with humanistic, ecological and digital value orientation centering on the service demand of the whole life chain of the community.

How to Build Future Communities – Humanistic, Ecological and Digital

Focusing on improving people’s daily life experience makes “future communities” humanistic. For example, it will innovate the community fitness program, which has scientific configuration of sports facilities such as smart running trails, shared fitness cabins and virtual fitness equipment. It will also provide full-range senior service and disability assistance, which offers innovative and diversified senior housing service, in-home senior service, Day Care Center, and Home for the Aged, as well as supports the application of “Internet + Care Service” model.

Strengthening green supporting facilities makes “future communities” ecological. Future communities would build personalized and widespread public green spaces. It will enhance the vertical greening system and supporting facilities, such as green balconies, community parks and roof gardens, achieving aesthetic improvements as well as environmental benefits.

Digital economy makes “future communities” digital. By means of Internet of Things, big data, artificial intelligence and other advanced technologies, it will conduct dynamic analysis of the number and consumption needs of the community population. Thus, it helps to better understand people’s needs in various aspects, and build digital stores featured with “logistics + business” around the communities.

How to Serve Future Communities – More than Legal Issues

As mentioned above, future communities differ greatly from traditional residential projects in terms of construction philosophy, ideas and methods. We would like to give the following advice based on our experience of serving future community projects.

  1. Future communities are innovative both in ideas and application scenarios. This has involved more complex legal application scenarios, creating more challenges and dimensions in legal relationships. Therefore, it would place higher requirements on, and challenges for the legal team, which should have deeper understanding of the projects, and response in a faster and more innovative manner.
  2. Future communities combine the characteristics of both residential buildings and community public service. While having a macro understanding of future communities, the legal team should grasp the characteristics of the residential buildings and consider its unique public service function. By this, the legal team should provide prudent advice based on thorough considerations of multiple areas, such as project development and public service.
  3. Future communities should follow multiple compliance standards, including construction compliance and data compliance. As digital management is a prominent feature of future community projects, it should pay special attention on data compliance in terms of collecting, processing and using data. While emphasizing the construction compliance of future community projects, the legal team should improve data compliance as well.

Fangrong Wu
Partner of Dispute Resolution Department
Hangzhou, Zhejiang
+86 057156921277
wufangrong@zhonglun.com

With more than 18 years of professional practice in the fields of real estate, dispute resolution, compliance and government supervision, attorney Fangrong WU has particularly rich and accurate judgment capabilities for land investment, real estate development, engineering construction, project operation, equity cooperation, M&A and financing, and TMT, as well as major and complicated litigation and arbitration cases in the foregoing fields; moreover, he has achieved outstanding performance in handling cases in connection therewith.

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