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Regional Scenario Planning: Understanding UrbanFootprint

Regional Scenario Planning: Understanding UrbanFootprint

52 min

This course is the second of two scenario planning courses hosted by Garlynn Woodsong. This course introduces UrbanFootprint, a next-generation open source scenario planning tool that automates and streamlines the processes involved with: loading base data; assessing and defining developable lands; translating existing plans and scenarios; creating new scenarios; and analyzing those scenarios for their performance according to a range of metrics. The concepts of place types and building types are introduced, and their roles in scenario development processes are explained. Finally, all of the pieces are put together in order to articulate how various scenario and policy components fit together to allow the achievement of greenhouse gas reduction goals.

In This Course

  1. Garlynn welcomes you back to this second of two courses on urban regional scenario planning utilizing the UrbanFootprint open source model.
  2. Urban Footprint Overview
    The development of the UrbanFootprint Scenario Planning Ecosystem began with the California 2050 regional planning initiative. It is open source; including data development and reporting, scenario development, and analysis tools. From the ground up, the UrbanFootprint software has been conceived of as an evolving, cloud-based responsive system powered on many of the technologies of the web today.
  3. Base Data Loading Processes
    At the onset of running a scenario model is loading base data. In this chapter, Garlynn explains loading parcel, TAZs and other land use cover data and layering on Census and other modules of information, creating what Garlynn considers to be 'geography agnosticism' within the model.
  4. Place and Building Types
    Moving on from base geography data, Garlynn discusses place and building types and how they are translated in scenario schemes.
  5. Core Processes
    In Chapter 5, Garlynn explains core processes that add new growth to the base, estimate future demographics and define developable lands.
  6. Calculation of Output Metrics
    In this chapter, output metrics calculations are introduced, including a brief recap of the entire process to this point, with the first metric used as an example: measuring land consumption.
  7. Fiscal Impacts Asessment
    Garlynn discusses fical impacts in the scenario planning context taking into account figures such as future housing demand.
  8. Transportation and Public Health Analysis
    Using UrbanFootprint's Travel and Public Health engines, Garlynn discusses how the related fiscal and land use impacts are synthesized into a scenario model.
  9. The Bottom Line
    Garlynn wraps up the course, putting it all together to examine impacts on household costs, greenhouse gas emissions, and lessons learned for regional scenario planning.

Published 2013