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Policymaking on waterside industrial sites: an empirical study for Flanders
Pauwels, T.; Van de Voorde, E.; Vanelslander, T.; Verhetsel, A. (2010). Policymaking on waterside industrial sites: an empirical study for Flanders, in: (2010). Proceedings of the 12th World Conference on Transport Research (WCTR), July 11-15, 2010, Lisbon, Portugal. pp. 1-15
In: (2010). Proceedings of the 12th World Conference on Transport Research (WCTR), July 11-15, 2010, Lisbon, Portugal. WCTRS: Lisbon, more

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    VLIZ: Open Repository 218331 [ OMA ]
Document type: Conference paper

Keywords
    Government policy; Industrial sites; Waterfronts; Belgium: Flanders; Marine

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  • Pauwels, T., more
  • Van de Voorde, E., more
  • Vanelslander, T., more
  • Verhetsel, A., more

Abstract
    A pertinent question in a country confronted with high demand from various sources for
    scarcely available land is how to generate the highest social value from existing space. In
    such a setting, moreover, growing environmental awareness and economic efficiency make
    inland navigation an attractive option. This will inevitably translate into a greater need for
    waterside industrial sites (i.e. sites with cargo transfer via inland waterways). The present
    research paper proposes a methodology whereby government can prioritize investment
    decisions in additional waterside land and applies the approach to the situation in Flanders.
    Public policy is, after all, concerned with providing sufficient space for economic activities
    while ensuring optimal spatial and functional allocation and taking adequate account of future
    trends and developments. A number of scenarios are proposed along which the future inland
    navigation market may evolve given a number of policy assumptions. The Freight Model
    Flanders allows one to simulate future freight flows by mode (i.e. road, rail and inland
    waterways) and freight category. When combined with a survey-based quantitative analysis,
    it is possible to arrive at a prioritization between regions in respect of additional investment in
    the availability of waterside land. This paper discusses with the quantitative aspects of a
    study entitled “Policy for the supply of waterside industrial sites and waterside transshipment
    locations”, which was carried out at the request of the Flemish Government.

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