10:00 – 10:20am
Scott T. Edmondson, AICP, ISSP-SA, Planner, SF Planning Department
What happens when you run out of room? If it’s a house, you can consider an addition, or get a bigger house, or you can go through your closet and start getting rid of stuff. Deciding what to do is not an easy task. It’s often emotional. One of the tactics is to use data. Ask yourself, “When was the last time I wore that?” 10 years ago?! Okay, out it goes! That’s a data-driven decision.
But what if it’s a city bounded on 3 sides by water and appears to the average resident to be fully built out with cherished neighborhoods? Deciding whether to grow, and if so, where to grow, how much to grow, in what form to grow, what to keep, or what to change, is decidedly harder. Raising these questions and providing policy and technical guidance to answering them and frame choices is the job of the planner. But it is not a solo effort—it requires plenty of collaboration, communication, and yes, data. San Francisco has tons of data and statistics on the places, people, and systems that make the city a great place to live. But data alone, is not enough. It has to be used to tell a story—maybe many, connected stories—which ultimately enable decision makers and the public to make the best data-driven decisions possible about their future.
In 2016, the San Francisco Planning Department conducted a preliminary 50-year growth capacity analysis. The City is using the results of that analysis to inform a number of long range land use and transportation planning processes, including as the basis for a set of scenarios to be developed based on community input on values and goals. At the beginning of the analysis, senior managers requested, if possible, the use of more powerful tools—even 3D—to enable better communication, in other words, to tell a good story better!
This presentation will demonstrate some of the ways that the Planning Department is using Esri technology, from powerful geospatial data analytics to new ways to visualize data across the landscape, to both discover meaning and improve communication.