& ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ANALYSIS
recent years, Northeast Ohio has seen significant expansion of
urbanized areas. This sprawling expansion comes at a price of
inefficient land use patterns and impacts to environmental quality
in the region. The concerns for land use encompass avoiding sprawl
of urbanized lands while preserving environmental quality at both
regional and neighborhood levels. As such, efforts are being made to
examine the issues in search of better means of controlling and
managing urban growth for sustainable environment.
this part of the report, we first discuss urbanization as an
environmental issue to establish the foundation of this review.
Next, we discuss various means of environmental analysis via
reviewing various models that have been suggested by various
research institutions and government agencies.
that a wide variety of subjects can be included as possible
environmental issues and the limited space in this report, it is not
our intention to review in detail all of the individual attempts for
modeling specific aspect of environmental impacts. Consequently, the
focus is placed on reviewing the different approaches to conducting
environmental analysis as related to the control and management of
urban growth in the context of Northeast Ohio region. Moreover,
there are numerous models with computerized implementation available
from commercial or public entities. Again, we review only those that
we recognize as possible alternatives to be adapted in Northeast
Ohio 15-county region.
the environmental analysis reviewed in this part, the second part of
the report provides reviews of existing models of urban growth.
Whenever appropriate, the review of urban growth models will
incorporate environmental issues in the evaluation of the models. In
concluding this report, recommendations are proposed for the
Northeast Ohio 15-county region.
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