(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2009)

Document title

Creating land use scenarios for city greenbelts using a spatial multi-criteria analysis shell : two case studies

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

HILL M.J. (1) ; FITZSIMONS J. (2) ; PEARSON C.J. (3) ;
(1) Dep. of Earth System Science and Policy, Univ. of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ETATS-UNIS
(2) School of Environmental Design and Rural Development, Univ., Ontario, Guelph, CANADA
(3) Univ., Ontario, Guelph, CANADA


In this paper, the AA. use a spatial multi-criteria analysis shell (MCAS-S) to explore 2 case studies : 1) a 1250 ha subset of the Toronto Greenbelt in the Durham region of Ontario (Canada); and 2) the Balcones Canyonlands Conservation Plan area for endangered species protection on the western side of Austin, Texas (USA). In both cases, urbanization and encroachment are major pressures. The study areas were described by GIS data layers grouped into themes that capture major competing factors : residential preference, physical constraints to development, agricultural and environmental assets, tourism, and infrastructure development. Rules were constructed that combined preference for access to green space with limits to development, and a range of scenario layers were created to indicate likely future development areas. Although the results are only associative and not causative, they illustrate the difficulties of satisfying multiple competing goals in greenbelts, and the tendency for preserved patches to be incrementally surrounded by development


Article of periodic

published at : Physical geography / ISSN 0272-3646

Editor : Taylor & Francis, Abingdon - ROYAUME-UNI (1980)

Millesime : 2009, vol. 30, no4 [pp. 353-382]

Bibliographic references : 3 p.

Collation : 11 fig., 4 tabl.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 20106

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