Malaysia likes other Asian countries has experienced rapid urbanization<br />due to economic development, industrialization, massive migrations as<br />well as natural population growth. This expansion particularly the<br />unplanned has impacted negatively on farming activities and creates huge<br />pressure arable agriculture areas. Thus, identification of potential<br />sites for future urban development should become important issues in<br />ensuring sustainable development. Therefore, the aim of this paper is to<br />use GIS based multi criteria evaluation technique to identify potential<br />areas for urban development at Balik Pulau, Penang. The study quantified<br />spatial and temporal dynamics of land use/cover changes and identified<br />potential areas for future development. The results indicated that large<br />proportions of agriculture areas had been converted to built-up areas..<br />Urban areas increased from 1793.2 ha in 1992 to 3235.4 ha in 2002 and<br />became 3987.8 ha in 2010. On the other hand agricultural land decreased<br />from 6171.3ha (53.8%) in 1992 to 3883 ha (35. %) in 2010. The study,<br />then, produced map showing potential sites for future urban development.<br />The findings also indicated built-up areas would continue to encroach<br />into flat available agricultural land which will be diminished if no<br />restriction imposed. Thus, the information obtained from this study is<br />useful for planners and decision makers in controlling agriculture areas<br />and guiding new development properly.
Mohammed, K. S., Eltayeb Elhadary, Y. A., & Samat, N. (2016). Identifying Potential Areas for Future Urban Development Using Gis-Based Multi Criteria Evaluation Technique. SHS Web of Conferences, 23, 03001. https://doi.org/10.1051/shsconf/20162303001