Calculating the Urban Infill Potential of the Bay Area

Infill/Smart Growth Web Map
Online Map of Bay Area Infill Potential
Client:   Greenbelt Alliance

Protecting the livability of large urban regions requires policies that direct growth away from suburban sprawl and toward using and re-using developed areas. "Infill" growth is designed to support better transit, reduce pollution, improve job development and protect natural resources. Greenbelt Alliance has long pioneered thinking about infill growth and in 2009 worked with GreenInfo Network and others to prepare a regional model of that development option.

A focus on infill development as a key in ensuring urban vitality and protecting open space became a major feature in regional planning in the early 1980s, a time at which Greenbelt Alliance, the San Francisco Bay Area nonprofit, prepared one of the first major studies to find "room enough" for growth without sprawl. In 2008, Greenbelt began work on a new version of this analysis, using more robust GIS tools and data than was available 20 years earlier. GreenInfo Network staff worked closely with Greenbelt and other partners to define a model of how infill growth potential should be defined. Using Esri's ArcGIS Modelbuilder software, a series of analytical steps were defined. These could easily adjusted and the model re-run, to test various assumptions and inputs. Once the model was completed and the GIS data on infill potential prepared, GreenInfo aided Greenbelt in publishing an online web map of the infill potential of the Bay Area.

Focus:   Environment  

Services:  GIS Services, Analysis, Cartography 

Tags:   California, Esri ArcGIS, infill, modelbuilder, modeling, smart growth  

Project Years: 2010-2011

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