Geografie 2015, 120, 330-353

Urban Planner: model for optimal land use scenario modelling

Jaroslav Burian, Stanislav Šťastný, Jan Brus, Vilém Pechanec, Vít Voženílek

Palacký University in Olomouc, Department of Geoinformatics, 17. Listopadu 50, 771 46 Olomouc, Czechia

Received January 2014
Accepted February 2015

This paper describes a new approach to automatic optimal land use scenario modelling using the developed ArcGIS “Urban Planner” extension. The first part of the paper addresses the implementation of geoinformatic technologies in spatial planning. The study presents several models and approaches, which focus mainly on the evaluation of land suitability, spatial modelling, and the possibilities of their use in urban planning. The main part of the paper describes the theoretical basis of the model, which is built on a weighted raster overlay. This study also elaborately analyses the functionality of the extension, which lies in the assessment of land suitability and the detection of optimal areas suitable for urban development. The paper also offers some testing of the model, specifically its robustness and sensitivity in the Olomouc region and its possible use for the creation of development scenarios.


This paper was supported by the project nr. CZ.1.07/2.3.00/20.0170 co-financed by the European Social Fund and the national budget of the Czech Republic.


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