Creating Futures

Urban Growth

This example applies WISE to explore urban sprawl scenarios for the Future Proof project centred on Hamilton and surrounding districts. Predicted population growth and planned infrastructure (e.g. Waikato Expressway) served as model input assumptions. The consequences of two alternative policies were explored to explore residential growth patterns:

  1. Reference scenario (no control of development) - top map
  2. Protection of high quality soils using zoning - bottom map

The resulting changes in residential land use patters in 2050 are illustrated below. Differences between the two scenarios are more clearly seen using WISE’s map comparison kit (right hand graph).

Click here to watch an animation showing the land use changes over time (2006 to 2050).  

Future Proof Workshops - July 2010 to February 2011

FP Overview - Nov 2010

FP Using WISE to explore Urban Sprawl