GIS and Remote Sensing for Urban Planning: A Case of Festac town, Lagos, Nigeria.

Fasona, M.J ; Omojola, A.S (2004)

Scholarly article

Book chapter

This study assesses the extent of encroachments into the original acquisitions of Festac town using SPOT XS satellite imagery and also investigates the extent of conversion of open spaces in the developed area of Festac town to other land uses using GIS techniques. Original Masterplans were digitally converted and integrated with remote sensing and field work data. The results show that encroachments into the original Festac acquisition have already been noted towards the west and north of the area. About 1.42 km2 (142 ha) has already been affected. For the developed area of Festac, open green spaces reduced from about 0.2 km2 (20 ha) to only 0.003 km2 (0.3 ha). Residential houses and shops/shopping malls have virtually taken over the designated open spaces accounting for 35% and over 30% of the original areas allocated for open spaces. Only 1.6%, 4.9% and 1.4% respectively of the designated land area for open spaces still serve the purpose of functional open spaces, functional playground and open green spaces as opposed to their original allocations of 32.5%, 2.6% and 64.3% respectively. The implication of these on the liveability of Festac town, and city/urban planning is also examined.