A CONCEPTUAL APPROACH TO RURAL LAND USE - TRANSPORTATION MODELLING IN THE TORONTO REGION

THE CHANGING LAND-USE PATTERNS IN THE RURAL TORONTO REGION IS EXAMINED AT A SERIES OF MICRO/MACRO SCALES. THIS REPORT RECORDS THE CHANGING RESEARCH STRATEGIES IN THE FACE OF THE PROBLEMS ENCOUNTERED IN THE STUDY OF A HIGHLY COMPLEX AND RAPIDLY CHANGING REGIONAL SYSTEM RATHER THAN THE OUTPUT OF A CLOSELY DEFINED RESEARCH PROJECT. IN A DISCUSSION OF THE PROBLEM SETTING BOTH IN GENERAL AND SPECIFIC TERMS, PREVIOUS RESEARCH IS DETAILED AND A SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY WHICH COVERS THE MAJOR THEMES AND METHODOLOGICAL APPROACHES IN RESEARCH IS INCLUDED IN AN APPENDIX. REGIONAL PLANNING CONCEPTS CURRENTLY APPLIED TO TORONTO AND ITS HINTERLAND ARE OUTLINED, AND REGIONAL POLICY AND ITS IMPLICATIONS FOR RURAL AREAS IS SUMMARIZED. AN INCREMENTAL DESIGN WHICH USES TWO MAIN THEMES (A SYSTEMS SIMULATION APPROACH AND MICRO/MACRO STUDIES OF LAND USER CHARACTERISTICS AND DECISIONS) TO PROBE INTO DIFFERENT ASPECTS OF THE PROBLEM OF METROPOLITAN RURAL SYSTEMS WAS DEVELOPED. IN THE SYSTEMS SIMULATION APPROACH, A PROTOTYPE MODEL PREDICTS THE DISTRIBUTION OF DIFFERENT LAND USE TRANSACTIONS BY CALCULATING CHANGES IN THE AVERAGE DEMANDS OF EACH OF TEN CLASSES OF LAND USERS. AN APPENDIX DISCUSSES PROBLEMS THAT HAVE ARISEN IN THE USE OF THE MODEL. A CONCEPTUAL MODEL WHICH DEFINES THREE GENERAL FORCES DETERMINING THE NATURE OF THE ENVIRONMENT OF CHOICE WITHIN WHICH LAND TRANSFER DECISIONS ARE MADE IS PRESENTED. MACRO RESEARCH WICH FOCUSES ON TOTAL SYSTEMS OPERATION WITH THE COMPONENTS IN THE FORM OF AGGREGATE SECTORS AND MICRO RESEARCH WHICH PROVIDES AN EXPERIMENTAL BASIS FOR TESTING MACRO ASSUMPTIONS ARE DISCUSSED IN DETAIL. PUBLIC POLICY ORIENTATION AND PROJECT ASPECTS WHICH INTERLOCK WITH ON-GOING POLICY DEVELOPMENT ARE DESCRIBED. THREE LAND-USE STUDIES (FOCUSING ON GENERAL DISTRIBUTIONAL TENDENCIES, CHANGING LAND OWNERSHIP, AND SURVEY OF LANDOWNERS) ARE PRESENTED AND A PRELIMINARY AIRPORT ROAD STUDY IS REPORTED. THIS LONG-TERM STUDY OF METROPOLITAN RURAL AREAS IS BASED ON A SERIES OF RESEARCH FOCI, THE FIRST OF WHICH IS THE DECISION-MAKER AND DECISION-MAKING PROCESS. THE STRATEGY OF USING A SIMULATION MODEL, SURVEY PROBES INTO VARIOUS ASPECTS OF THE DECISION ENVIRONMENT, METHODOLOGICAL RESPONSES, THE SOCAIL/ BEHAVIORAL APPROACH AND FINALLY THE POLICY MAKING PROCESS ARE THE OTHER ASPECTS OF THIS ON-GOING PROCESS.

  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Toronto

    Department of Geography, 100 St George Street
    Toronto, Ontario  Canada  M5S 3G3

    YORK UNIVERSIT, TORONTO

    TORONTO, ON  Canada 
  • Authors:
    • Found, W C
    • Morley, C D
  • Publication Date: 1972-7

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 266 p.
  • Serial:
    • Issue Number: 8

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00202223
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 24 1973 12:00AM