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Sustainability 2017, 9(5), 759;

Evaluating the Significance of Criteria Contributing to Decision-Making on Brownfield Land Redevelopment Strategies in Urban Areas

Department of Urban Engineering, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Sauletekio ave. 11, LT-10223 Vilnius, Lithuania
Institute of Economics, Mykolas Romeris University, Ateities g. 20, LT-08303 Vilnius, Lithuania
Department of the Built Environment, Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool L3 3AF, UK
Institute of Land Management and Geomatics, Faculty of Water and Land Management, Aleksandras Stulginskis University, Studentu 11, Akademija, LT-53361 Kaunas distr., Lithuania
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Academic Editor: Tan Yigitcanlar
Received: 3 March 2017 / Revised: 28 April 2017 / Accepted: 1 May 2017 / Published: 6 May 2017
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Urban and Rural Development)
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Brownfield land is one of the least exploited resources for urban development in a number of Eastern European countries. Establishing a rational strategy for redeveloping brownfields is an unambiguously complex task that requires considering a number of different economic, social, physical and environmental factors. The strategic decision-making has a long term impact on the quality of life, ecological balance and urban structure. Therefore, the paper is aimed at developing a comprehensive set of criteria that contribute to the redevelopment of brownfield land in urban areas. It focuses on six main development strategies that embrace creating residential, green, commercial, recreational activity and industrial areas or leaving land as a reserve. Geographic information system (GIS) tools are employed to collect the spatial information, obtain the initial set of criteria and derive the statistical data. Expert’s evaluations along with a statistical method of gauging the level of concordance of their opinion combined with Delphi method are used for determining significance of criteria within economic, social, physical (urbanistic) and environmental criteria groups. This study establishes the most significant criteria for implementing different scenarios of the brownfield land redevelopment in Vilnius, Lithuania. Developed framework will support the decision-making process in the brownfield land redevelopment aiding a sustainable urban planning. View Full-Text
Keywords: brownfield land; decision making; criteria analysis; sustainable urban development brownfield land; decision making; criteria analysis; sustainable urban development

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Burinskienė, M.; Bielinskas, V.; Podviezko, A.; Gurskienė, V.; Maliene, V. Evaluating the Significance of Criteria Contributing to Decision-Making on Brownfield Land Redevelopment Strategies in Urban Areas. Sustainability 2017, 9, 759.

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