GIS and Urban Planning
Spatial information is critical for urban planners. Planners rely on parcel, zoning and land-use data, transportation networks, addresses and housing stock. Urban and regional indicators need to be tracked to follow evolving community needs. Agencies at the regional, state, county, and local levels are realizing the benefits of GIS technology and are using it to solve common problems.
Following are recent examples of how GIS is integrated into various aspects of the field of Urban Planning:
- Venezuelan urban planners are using GIS to manage data regarding slum areas to study the attributes affecting these populations
- The United Nation's Global Urban Observatory is using GIS to encourage sustainability
- Singapore's Urban Redevelopment Authority is using GIS to plan the Marina Bay cityscape
- The Akron Housing Authority in Ohio uses GIS to analyze vacant land planning
- South Australia is using GIS to create water resource plans