Consideration of the different utilities of GIS and visual modeling tools as applied to city build-out and data-driven planning spurs collaboration between the City of Atlanta and Georgia Tech's School of City and Regional Planning.
Scenarios focusing on various aspects of development and conservation are designed. Scenarios are focused on altering zoning parameters, targeting of specific areas for development, and promoting infill.
Outcomes are compared to the Do Nothing alternative to analyze benefits and identify areas for continued improvement. Additional data and directed input is obtained from stakeholders.
The results from finalized scenarios are used to inform better planning decisions, conservation efforts, and targeted development. Tools used in the decision making process are made publically available.
The provided suite of planning tools are accessible to the general public and free to use. Built using a combination of 2D and 3D geospatial and remote sensing data, these apps provide renderings of the current cityscape and enable users to visualize changes in the city with different planning policies. Comparison of potential build-out scenarios in the Atlanta metro area is possible by changing parameters in each Growth Area.
For nearly 20 years, the Center for Spatial Planning Analytics and Visualization (previously the Center for Geographic Information Systems - CGIS) has been at the forefront of collaborative interdisciplinary research for local, state, national, nonprofit, and private entities across the nation and the globe.