In this study, a innovative model was developed for impact assessment for urban development project. The proposed model has the capability of zoning the impacts according to integration of vulnerability for the selected environmental factors within impacts criterion in this study. The main process for this model consists of identification of urban development project activities, determination and zoning of impacts intensity, calculation of environmental vulnerability factor and decision making on proposed alternatives. The integration of results for the mentioned stages will determine the final assessment zoning. This model was applied to urban development plan in district-22 of Tehran municipality (Iranian capital city) as a case study. The results indicate that the model was applicable for zoning of impacts according to the characteristics of affected environmental and ecological factors as well as determining major impacts units. Meanwhile, this model was capable to select alternatives of urban development plan for decision makers. Finally planners will find out the necessary mitigation measures which should be implemented in each impact unit.
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J. Nouri and S. Malmasi, 2005. Development of an Innovative Model for Environmental Impact Assessment of Urban Projects. Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences, 8: 701-709.
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