Procedure for assessing visual quality for landscape planning and management

H. Randal Gimblett, John E. Fitzgibbon, Kevin P. Bechard, J. A. Wightman, Robert M. Itami

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Incorporation of aesthetic considerations in the process of landscape planning and development has frequently met with poor results due to its lack of theoretical basis, public involvement, and failure to deal with spatial implications. This problem has been especially evident when dealing with large areas, for example, the Adirondacks, Scenic Highways, and National Forests and Parks. This study made use of public participation to evaluate scenic quality in a portion of the Niagara Escarpment in Southern Ontario, Canada. The results of this study were analyzed using the visual management model proposed by Brown and Itami (1982) as a means of assessing and evaluating scenic quality. The map analysis package formulated by Tomlin (1980) was then applied to this assessment for the purpose of spatial mapping of visual impact. The results of this study illustrate that it is possible to assess visual quality for landscape/management, preservation, and protection using a theoretical basis, public participation, and a systematic spatial mapping process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)359-367
Number of pages9
JournalEnvironmental Management
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1987


  • Assessment
  • Computer
  • Landscape
  • Management
  • Model
  • Preference policies
  • Resource
  • Scenic quality
  • Value

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Global and Planetary Change
  • Ecology
  • Pollution


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