A decision support system for sustainable urban development : the integrated land use and transportation indexing model

Dur , Fatih, Yigitcanlar, Tan, & Bunker, Jonathan M. (2009) A decision support system for sustainable urban development : the integrated land use and transportation indexing model. In Jaiswal, Sumeet & Wang, Liang (Eds.) Proceedings for The Second Infrastructure Theme Postgraduate Conference 2009 - Rethinking Sustainable Development: Planning, Infrastrucutre Engineering, Design and Managing Urban Infrastructure, Queensland University of Technology, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland, pp. 165-177.


The broad definition of sustainable development at the early stage of its introduction has caused confusion and hesitation among local authorities and planning professionals. The main difficulties are experience in employing loosely-defined principles of sustainable development in setting policies and goals. The question of how this theory/rhetoric-practice gap could be filled will be the theme of this study. One of the widely employed sustainability accounting approaches by governmental organisations, triple bottom line, and applicability of this approach to sustainable urban development policies will be examined. When incorporating triple bottom line considerations with the environmental impact assessment techniques, the framework of GIS-based decision support system that helps decision-makers in selecting policy option according to the economic, environmental and social impacts will be introduced. In order to embrace sustainable urban development policy considerations, the relationship between urban form, travel pattern and socio-economic attributes should be clarified. This clarification associated with other input decision support systems will picture the holistic state of the urban settings in terms of sustainability. In this study, grid-based indexing methodology will be employed to visualise the degree of compatibility of selected scenarios with the designated sustainable urban future. In addition, this tool will provide valuable knowledge about the spatial dimension of the sustainable development. It will also give fine details about the possible impacts of urban development proposals by employing disaggregated spatial data analysis (e.g. land-use, transportation, urban services, population density, pollution, etc.). The visualisation capacity of this tool will help decision makers and other stakeholders compare and select alternative of future urban developments.

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ID Code: 29540
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Sustainable Urban Development, Planning Decision Support Systems, GIS, Spatial Indexing
ISBN: 9781741072709
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING (120500) > Urban Analysis and Development (120507)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Urban Development
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 [please consult the authors]
Copyright Statement: This publication documents conference proceedings. Reproduction, but not modification, is permissable without the authors' consent but must be referenced appropriately. No modification of this publication's contents is allowed.
Deposited On: 27 Jan 2010 00:03
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 14:16

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