Planning for Stress on Agricultural Lands: The Case of ?ukur?ay?r in Trabzon

Saka M. O., ERDOĞAN A.

JOURNAL OF GEOGRAPHY-COGRAFYA DERGISI, no.45, pp.229-246, 2022 (ESCI) identifier


Great threats to the continuity of life on Earth are present these days. The migration of millions of people due to the climate change-induced disasters, droughts, hunger, and wars that have deepened the deterioration of natural and agricultural ecosystems is the inevitable result of human pressures on nature. The changes resulting from urban development have been reflected in urban spaces through regional-and/or local-scale spatial plans. The rapid growth of urban populations has increased the needs for food, drinking water, shelter, transportation, health, and recreation services, and these have caused stress on natural and cultural resources. This study focuses on the pressures from changing and diversifying land-use decisions regarding agricultural lands as a result of the demands of the growing urban population and aims to examine the spatial planning decisions made on a medium-scale settlement in Turkiye in order to reveal the interventions in agricultural areas these plans caused. The study examines the 1/5000 scale Revised Land-Use Plan (2013) and the 1/1000 scale Revised Implementation Plan for cukurcayir Settlement (2013) in Trabzon Province. The findings reveal indirect interventions on agricultural lands in terms of transportation-public facility relationships, population-public facility relationships, and building density decisions as well as direct interventions on these lands by changing their category of agricultural quality in these plans.