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Sustainability 2015, 7(9), 11727-11755; doi:10.3390/su70911727

What is the Influence of the Planning Framework on the Land Use Change Trajectories? Photointerpretation Analysis in the 1958–2011 Period for a Medium/Small Sized City

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Department of Earth Sciences, Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Coimbra, Coimbra 3030-790, Portugal
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Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra, Coimbra 3000-995, Portugal
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Academic Editor: Yehua Dennis Wei
Received: 6 June 2015 / Revised: 14 August 2015 / Accepted: 19 August 2015 / Published: 25 August 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Urban Land and Sustainable Development)
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Medium/small sized cities create a polycentric urban system representing the backbone of their territory, characterized by profound changes on land use. The objective of this study is to evaluate the spatial and temporal dynamics of land use in a medium/small city in Portugal during the period 1958–2011, and the relation with the planning framework. The assessment involves land use changes recognition in the period 1958–2011, calculation of the stability grade indicator, and the losses and gains between classes. The rate of artificialization and its relation with the planning framework was also evaluated. The results for the city of Viseu showed a main decrease in annual crops and arable lands, with an increase of the continuous and discontinuous urban fabric. The changes are systematic transitions, marked by planning framework and its typology, objectives and scale enforcement. A plan addressing the city encouraged land use changes in the fringe, while a municipal Master Plan determined sequent transformation in all areas. The land use changes and the artificialization processes enabled the identification of three periods where planning framework was forthright. The study underlines the importance of a planning framework for medium/small sized cities for urban sprawl and artificialization processes. View Full-Text
Keywords: Land use change; photointerpretation; stability grade; rate of artificialization; medium/small sized city; planning framework Land use change; photointerpretation; stability grade; rate of artificialization; medium/small sized city; planning framework
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Monteiro, M.; Tavares, A.O. What is the Influence of the Planning Framework on the Land Use Change Trajectories? Photointerpretation Analysis in the 1958–2011 Period for a Medium/Small Sized City. Sustainability 2015, 7, 11727-11755.

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