2019 Volume 7 Issue 1 Pages 155-176
For a long time, funeral facility sites and management by the local government in Taiwan have been lacking cross-regional resource integration and location based research. As a result, funeral facility locations have become inappropriate, excessive or insufficient in supply, etc. New Taipei City is located adjacent to Taipei City and Keelung City. The number of funeral facilities is as high as 264. How to plan funeral facilities appropriately and in cooperation with neighboring local governments has become an important issue for the New Taipei City government. This study reviews the theory of regional cooperation, and the main topic of the research is the public columbarium buildings and public cemeteries in New Taipei City. In addition, the service radius of funeral facilities in the three cities is studied to identify both service area and distribution, as while as using a time series model to estimate the supply and demand situation of public cemeteries and public columbarium buildings. It is intended that the result may be used to develop a regional cooperation strategy for future funeral facilities in New Taipei City. The conclusions are as follows: (1) the location of existing funeral facilities in New Taipei City are uneven, resulting in the residents' use of funeral facilities in other cities; (2) the funeral facilities' percentage of use is uneven in New Taipei City, with some regions facing imbalance between supply and demand by 2025; (3) the funeral facilities in New Taipei City can be developed according to four aspects and nine strategies through regional planning, renewed facilities, management systems and regional cooperation; (4) a public cemetery near Taipei City or Keelung City should be planned as a regional cooperative demonstration project; (5) the three cities should reduce or standardise the charges (such as exemption of cross-county fees) as a priority policy for encouraging regional cooperation.