The Annals of Regional Science

, Volume 42, Issue 1, pp 123–140 | Cite as

Characterising urban concentration and land-use diversity in simulations of future land use

  • Jan Ritsema van Eck
  • Eric Koomen
Open Access
Special Issue Paper


This paper presents two sets of functional indicators that were implemented and tested for the assessment of spatial aspects of future land-use configurations as simulated by a land-use model. This is potentially useful for the ex-ante evaluation of spatial planning policies. The indicators were applied in a Dutch case study and relate to two important themes in Dutch spatial planning: compact urbanisation and mixing of land uses. After a short introduction of these themes, the sets of indicators are presented which are used for their evaluation. These indicators are applied to simulations based on two scenarios for land-use development in the Netherlands up to 2030. After a discussion of the results we conclude that the combined application of land-use models and indicators produces new and potentially useful information for policy makers, although both the model and the associated indicators are still in a state of development.

JEL Classification

C15 C53 R14 R52 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Netherlands Institute for Spatial ResearchThe HagueThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Faculty of Economics and Business AdministrationVrije Universiteit AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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