Integration of spatial suitability analysis for land use planning in coastal areas; case of Kuala Langat District, Selangor, Malaysia

Sharareh Pourebrahim, Mehrdad Hadipour, Mazlin Mokhtar

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A systematic approach was used to develop an integrated plan to determine the optimal land use suitability for future sustainable development in the coastal area of the Kuala Langat District, Selangor, Malaysia based on different planning scenarios. Use of the multi criteria evaluation (MCE) especially Analytic Network Process (ANP) allowed for the integration of expert opinion on social, economic and environmental criteria within the planning framework and provided an efficient spatial approach for coastal land use development. Scenario analysis resulted in a series of suitability maps for conservation, tourism, residential and industrial development. Three scenarios addressing economic and social development, environmental conservation and sustainable development were defined and evaluated. Four land uses were considered: namely, residential, conservation, tourism and industry. By evaluating various scenarios, existing plans and guidelines, land availability and current uses, the optimum suitability for coastal land uses towards sustainable development was proposed. However, only one optimal land suitability map was proposed for the sustainable development scenario. The spatial scenario planning framework developed in this research is an example of an effective, integrated decision-making framework. The methodology is brief, a set of guidelines and recommendations is included for organising, and expressing the complexities found in oastal area. To date, there is no published application of an ANP in spatial planning for coastal land uses or for related fields. It is hoped that this approach can be employed for land use suitability assessments at both the local and the structure-plan level.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)84-97
Number of pages14
JournalLandscape and Urban Planning
Volume101
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 May 2011

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land use planning
spatial analysis
land use
sustainable development
residential development
spatial planning
tourism development
industrial development
social development
coastal area
economic development
tourism
decision making
methodology
industry
economics
planning

Keywords

  • Analytic Network Process
  • Criteria
  • Expert opinion
  • Land use planning
  • Suitability analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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Integration of spatial suitability analysis for land use planning in coastal areas; case of Kuala Langat District, Selangor, Malaysia. / Pourebrahim, Sharareh; Hadipour, Mehrdad; Mokhtar, Mazlin.

In: Landscape and Urban Planning, Vol. 101, No. 1, 15.05.2011, p. 84-97.

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