This paper focuses on the power gaining in Nantong planning (1895-1926), and the role that an individual could play in local city planning issues. This study analyzes the evolution of Zhang’s power gaining in four periods through reviewing literatures, investigating historical remains, and interviewing the scholars studying on Zhang. The conclusions are as follows: Firstly, Zhang inherited the power in deal local issues as local elite. Secondly, he tried for new powers by borrowing the concept of Local Self-governance from the west. Thirdly, he also could make new powers through business approaches.