NAKHARA (Journal of Environmental Design and Planning)

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The concept of the Smart City has recently been introduced to help make urban planning in Chiang Mai more effective. In particular, the Smart City idea is being integrated with Geographical InformationSystems (GIS) and Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs ) to support better decision- making. This paper employs GIS-based ICTs as a means for updating the land use database of the Public Work and Town & Country Planning within the Chiang Mai Comprehensive Plan Boundary between 2000 and 2015. Results show that built-up areas of all urban land use categories have increased. The biggest change was found in the low density residential class with 33% and 37.5 % increase in number of buildings and in total area, respectively. The smallest change was found in Government Institutions and Public Utilities zone with 1.4% increase in the number of buildings.

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