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A Quality Assessment of National Territory Use at the City Level: A Planning Review Perspective

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Jiangsu Provincial Key Laboratory of Geographic Information Science and Technology, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210023, China
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Jiangsu Center for Collaborative Innovation in Geographical Information Resource Development and Application, Nanjing 210023, China
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School of Resources and Environmental Science, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430079, China
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Academic Editor: Tan Yigitcanlar
Sustainability 2016, 8(2), 145; https://doi.org/10.3390/su8020145
Received: 20 November 2015 / Revised: 18 January 2016 / Accepted: 29 January 2016 / Published: 3 February 2016
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Urban and Rural Development)
With increasing urbanization, the populations in China’s cities are growing, and the cities themselves are gradually expanding. Competition for access to the national territory’s resources is also growing. Thus, the quality of national territory use is worsening. Quality assessments on national territory use can provide a basis for solving this issue. By combining the implications of new urbanization in China, we established an assessment index system relating to the quality of national territory use, from the perspective of harmoniously developing spaces for production, living and ecology. A subjective and objective integrated weighting method was developed based on principal component analysis and planning review. Then, a comprehensive discriminative model was established to assess the quality of national territory use. The evaluation results showed that harmonious development of spaces for production, living and ecology did not occur in either the ecology-oriented or production-oriented regions. The integrated quality of national territory use in the production-oriented region had a significant advantage over that of the ecology-oriented region. The integrated quality of national territory use was highest in Changzhou’s city center and vicinity. The results can support the implementation of China’s new urbanization strategy and provide evidence to improve the criteria for the intensive use of national territorial resources. View Full-Text
Keywords: national territory; quality assessment; new urbanization; planning review; principal component analysis (PCA) national territory; quality assessment; new urbanization; planning review; principal component analysis (PCA)
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Wang, L.; Li, F.; Gong, Y.; Jiang, P.; Huang, Q.; Hong, W.; Chen, D. A Quality Assessment of National Territory Use at the City Level: A Planning Review Perspective. Sustainability 2016, 8, 145.

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