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New map helps compare sprawl region like Cleveland to urban growth boundaried

Marc Lefkowitz  |  02/07/12 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in NEO Sustainable Communities

Northeast Ohio 12-county land use map<br />As part of its planning initiative, the Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium (NEOSCC) has completed the first�ever 12�county regional existing land use map. This parcel�based map
relies on detailed real estate information provided by the regionâ??s 12 county auditors. Various Consortium members, led by Bob Nau of the Stark County Area Transportation Study and the Stark
County Regional Planning Commission and Anthony Kobak of NEOSCC, developed this first ever collaborative GIS map. The resulting map is scalable to individual communities and counties and can
be disaggregated to show in clear detail the location of specific land uses such as industrial, commercial, and park lands. Because it is based on current real estate data, the map also provides a realtime
picture of vacant urbanized land throughout the region. The land use map and other similar regional planning tools are being developed for the NEOSCC planning process and the entire Northeast Ohio community.
Portland land use map<br />A concept map for Portland, OR land use by 2040King County, WA land use map<br />A 2004 land use map for Seattle and King County, Washington

Pictures really do speak volumes. Here's a comparison of land-use maps for Northeast Ohio, Portland, Oregon and Seattle's King County. Of course, Seattle and Portland draw Urban Growth Boundaries around their existing metro areas, and that has helped to contain overdevelopment. When you look at Northeast Ohio's land use map-prepared by regional sustainability initiative, NEOSCC-a pattern of low-density development (the yellow)...more

Northeast Ohio's regional sustainability plan needs a stick

Marc Lefkowitz  |  12/13/11 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in NEO Sustainable Communities

San Diego is a classic example of a sprawling metropolis-mile after mile of low density development scattered over mesa and ocean side. Crisscrossed by highways, the region has no cohesive sense of place. Enter their Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS) and their 2050 Regional Transportation Plan. It's the first to respond to a state law charging the California Air Resources Board (CARB)...more

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