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Sustainability 2017, 9(1), 45;

China’s New Urban Space Regulation Policies: A Study of Urban Development Boundary Delineations

Department of Geographic Information Science, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210023, Jiangsu, China
Jiangsu Provincial Key Laboratory of Geographic Information Science and Technology, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210023, Jiangsu, China
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Academic Editor: Tan Yigitcanlar
Received: 30 August 2016 / Revised: 5 December 2016 / Accepted: 21 December 2016 / Published: 29 December 2016
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Urban and Rural Development)
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China’s rapid urbanisation has led to ecological deterioration and reduced the land available for agricultural production. The purpose of this study is to develop an urban development boundary delineation (UDBD) model using the high-tech manufacturing area of Xinbei in the District of Changzhou as a case study, and by applying remote sensing, GIS, and other technologies. China’s UDBD policies are reviewed, spatiotemporal changes since 1985 are documented, and future expansion is modelled to 2020. The simulated urban-growth patterns are analysed in relation to China’s policies for farmland preservation, ecological redlines protection areas, and housing developments. The UDBD model developed in this study satisfies regional farmland and ecological space protection constraints, while being consistent with urban development strategies. This study provides theoretical references and technological support for the implementation of land management policies that will optimize land allocations for urban growth, agriculture, and ecological protection. View Full-Text
Keywords: urbanisation; GIS; Remote Sensing; SLEUTH model; urban development boundaries urbanisation; GIS; Remote Sensing; SLEUTH model; urban development boundaries

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Zhuang, Z.; Li, K.; Liu, J.; Cheng, Q.; Gao, Y.; Shan, J.; Cai, L.; Huang, Q.; Chen, Y.; Chen, D. China’s New Urban Space Regulation Policies: A Study of Urban Development Boundary Delineations. Sustainability 2017, 9, 45.

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