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A physical-spatial analysis of the existing slaughterhouse of Sanandaj, Iran, and site selection for a new one by using fuzzy logic and index overlay model

Author(s): Kyoumars Habibi, Mostafa Behzadfar, Houshmand Ebrahimpour Masoumi, Vahid Mahaki

There are land-uses and services such as urban burial sites, slaughterhouses, cemeteries, airports, silos, vegetable and fruit markets and intercity transportation terminals which are located outside the cities but thoroughly serve the central cities. The site selection of such uses in development plans is done regardless of the basic built and environmental parameters, and is affected by the governmental ownerships, organizational relationships, or just fewenvironmental factors like topography. Currently situated in the south of Sanandaj city in west of Iran, the slaughterhouse of Sanandaj does not have a proper location due to the fact that it is on the way of the city’s future development. In addition, the dominant wind of the city blows from south to north with a velocity of one knot. Proximity to a river named Gheshlagh, proximity to Iran’s most important site of strawberry production, high level of underground water, heavy environmental pollution, etc. are some of the shortcomings of the location of the current slaughterhouse of Sanandaj. This article aims at applying the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) as a powerful analytical means of site selection of the urban slaughterhouse, and using Fuzzy Logic. By combining different natural and synthetic indicators, three sites are suggested in the vicinity of the city of Sanandaj.

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