Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name




First Advisor

Romsa, Gerald,


Urban and Regional Planning.




The conversion of inner-city industrial land to new residential, commercial, and mixed-use developments has become a recommended planning strategy, to promote the compact urban from associated with inner-city intensification. Yet these conversion projects often fail to consider the byproducts of years of industrial production without environmental control, which remain as contaminated soil in these abandoned sites. This thesis research puts forth three major findings which deal with this environmental planning issue. First of all, it was discovered that environmental factors receive minimal consideration in the provincially-established inner-city industrial land conversion process. Secondly, it was discovered that the minimal treatment given to inner-city industrial land conversion issues by the provincial government has resulted in the need for municipal governments in Ontario to develop individual regulations to plan for this conversion process. Finally, it was discovered that there exist a number of "typical" municipal additions to the provincially-established conversion process, which encourage environmental planning at the municipal level. While this last finding refutes the conclusions of previous studies which have suggested that municipal environmental planning is a highly individualized process, this "typical" conversion process remains highly reactive in nature, therefore highlighting the need for increased proactive legislation to plan for the environmental issues surrounding this inner-city intensification strategy.Dept. of Geography. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1994 .T465. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 33-04, page: 1162. Supervisor: Gerald Romsa. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1994.