Transportation and Economic Development Challenges

Transportation and Economic Development Challenges

NECTAR Series on Transportation and Communications Networks Research

Edited by Kenneth Button and Aura Reggiani

Recent years have seen considerable changes in the technology of transportation with the development of high-speed rail networks, more fuel-efficient automobiles and aircraft, and the widespread adoption of informatics in disciplines such as traffic management and supply chain logistics. The contributions to this volume assess transportation interactions with employment and income, examine some of the policies that have been deployed to maximize the economic and social impacts of transportation provision at the local and regional levels and analyze how advances in transportation technologies have, and will, impact future development.

Chapter 10: Policymaking on Waterside Industrial Sites: An Empirical Study for Flanders

Tom Pauwels, Eddy Van de Voorde and Thierry Vanelslander

Subjects: development studies, development economics, economics and finance, development economics, regional economics, transport, environment, transport, urban and regional studies, transport


Tom Pauwels, Eddy Van de Voorde, Thierry Vanelslander and Ann Verhetsel 10.1 INTRODUCTION Given the scarcity of land and expected growth in inland navigation in Flanders (Belgium),1 there is a strong case for government accurately forecasting demand for waterside industrial sites where cargo transfers are made to inland waterways. Some of the forecast growth in inland navigation can be accommodated by existing facilities, but a need for additional land seems inevitable. For allocation purposes, it is also important that a priority list of possible locations be drawn up. At the request of the Flemish Government’s Agency for the Economy (Agentschap Economie), Arcadis and the University of Antwerp (Department of Transport and Regional Economics) are conducting a study into policy-making on the supply of waterside industrial land and water-based trans-shipment locations. Part of the study aims at a quantitative and qualitative assessment, on the basis of the most likely scenarios, of future developments in industrial and trans-shipment activity along Flanders’ navigable waterways (Horizon: 2020). The focus here is on the quantitative analysis, which was performed by the University of Antwerp. 10.2 THE ISSUES This study focuses on a particular set of questions;2 (a) What is the pattern of water-related land-use in Flanders? Which stakeholders are involved? What are the policy and societal developments? 186 M2534 - BUTTON PRINT.indd 186 25/02/2011 10:12 Policymaking on waterside industrial sites 187 (b) What are the critical success factors and which elements are crucial for matching the demand for and supply of waterside...

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