An integrated approach to supporting land-use decisions in site redevelopment for urban renewal in Hong Kong

Hao Wang, Qiping Shen, Bo Sin Tang, Martin Skitmore

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Urban renewal is a significant issue in developed urban areas, with a particular problem for urban planners being redevelopment of land to meet demand whilst ensuring compatibility with existing land use. This paper presents a geographic information systems (GIS)-based decision support tool (called LUDS) to quantitatively assess land-use suitability for site redevelopment in urban renewal areas. This consists of a model for the suitability analysis and an affiliated land-information database for residential, commercial, industrial, G/I/C (government/institution/community) and open space land uses. Development has occurred with support from interviews with industry experts, focus group meetings and an experimental trial, combined with several advanced techniques and tools, including GIS data processing and spatial analysis, multi-criterion analysis, as well as the AHP method for constructing the model and database. As demonstrated in the trial, LUDS assists planners in making land-use decisions and supports the planning process in assessing urban land-use suitability for site redevelopment. Moreover, it facilitates public consultation (participatory planning) by providing stakeholders with an explicit understanding of planners' views.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)70-80
Number of pages11
JournalHabitat International
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013


  • Decision support
  • GIS
  • Land-use suitability analysis (LUSA)
  • Multi-criterion decision analysis (MCDA)
  • Urban renewal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nature and Landscape Conservation

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