Variation in the physical characteristics of land is a factor in determining the form and direction of expanding urban areas. The state of Victoria in Australia has a highly centralized population in its core area known as the Port Phillip district. It has a temperate climate with seasonal hot dry spells, it embraces several waterways and contains drainage basins of streams flowing into the bays. The core is almost at the junction of two land formations with basalt plains to the west and north and volcanic formations and sand deposits from northeast to south. Land classification is particularily important for planning in this area because of the prime agricultural land with rich resources. The method used for this terrain classification looks to the use capability of the land by studying the terrain pattern, unit, component and evaluation. This is called the P.U.C.E. program. The value of terrain classification for urban and regional planning is seen in the close interrelationship of economic, social and physical factors, the dependance of the relationship of terrain and intensive or low density use, the soil science information it provides, the recording and storing of necessary information it provides and its use in re-development or expanding of metropolitan areas. A method of evaluation for planning following terrain classification in the Port Phillip district is included.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Originally published in Archetype, Vol. 4, No. 2, pp 28-32, May 1974.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Org

    314 Albert Street
    East Melbourne, Victoria,   Australia 
  • Authors:
    • Arnot, R H
    • Grant, K
  • Publication Date: 1974-5

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  • Features: Appendices; References;
  • Pagination: 5 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00082882
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: No. 230 Res Paper
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 26 1975 12:00AM