The last overall master plan of Hangzhou (1981 ~ 2000) started in July, 1978 and was approved by State Council on May 16th, 1983. Guiding the urban development, improving the urban functions and promoting economic and comprehensive social developments, the urban plan played a positive role. In order to meet the needs of cross-century urban developments, Hangzhou Government began a new round of drawing up the urban plan in accordance with the requirements of Ministry of Construction in August, 1993. Zhejiang Provincial Party Committee and the provincial government assigned six towns of Xiaoshan, Yuhang——a total of 253 sq km to Hangzhou since April 1996, which speeds up the revision work of the overall urban plan. After examined by the provincial government in March 1998, it was submitted to State Council for approval. In conjunction with the relevant departments, Ministry of Construction examined the document “The Overall Master Plan of Hangzhou (1996 ~ 2010)” and submitted it to State Council with the examination reports on January 10th, 2001.

With the approval from State Council in February 2001, Hangzhou Administrative Division made important adjustments-- changing Xiaoshan and Yuhang from “city” to “district” and putting them under the Hangzhou administration. Now the Hangzhou area would be extended from 683 sq km to 3068 sq km. Hence, General Office of State Council and Ministry of Construction required the Hangzhou government to revise and submit the overall master plan according to these adjustments.

With Concept Plan of Hangzhou Urban Development and six research projects on the overall plan, this round of compiling work began in January, 2001. May 9th, 2002, The Outline of Overall Urban Plan of Hangzhou(2001~2020) was reviewed by experts from Ministry of Construction. By Sept., The Overall Urban Plan of Hangzhou (2001-2020) was finished and given to The People’s Government of Zhejiang Province after being reviewed by them in the Third Session of Hangzhou’s Tenth National People’s Congress Standing Committee. In Feb. 2003, it was passed through at the Joint Conference of Zhejiang Province Urban Plan Examination and was reported to provincial government. In June, it was examined by provincial government’s executive meeting and submitted to State Council for approval. In May 2005, experts from Ministry of Construction examined the achievement of the Urban Plan. On Jan. 20th, 2006, the 31st Session of the Urban Plan Department Joint Conference and then passed the plan and also gave some suggestions, with which the plan was modified. In Aug., 2006, the revised plan was submitted to Ministry of Construction and on Dec. 4th, it passed through in the 111th executive meeting of Ministry of Construction. On Feb. 16th, 2007, it was officially approved by State Council. (Under the Doc.NO. [2007] 19).

According to the document, State Council defined the orientations and functions of Hangzhou with “One Main City, Three Sub-cities and Six Clusters” as its layout and “From West Lake Times to Qiantang River Times” as it’s development goals. It has provided a broad space for urban development and specific demands of protecting the historical and cultural city, West Lake scenic area as well. To the urban development in 2020, it’s a scientific basis.