The application of planning support technology to urban coastal research and management : a case study of the south Durban basin.
Sustainability has become synonymous with development. The concept of integrated coastal management (ICM) was derived from sustainability theory. The planning profession has an impact on the development of coastal zones through land use plans. This study aimed to demonstrate through case studies, the pros and cons of applying technological methods for the purpose of creating better quality plans. Literature, precedent studies and a local example of dualities in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, has provided evidence toward the practicality of monitoring and controlling urban coastal land uses via support technology. Conclusions have been drawn based on critically analysing the data and were presented through maps, tables and graphs throughout the paper. Changing trends and patterns in the natural world, namely the impacts of climate change, have affected the urban environment. Therefore recommendations were made for further research into technological support systems available for the planning profession.