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Transforming urban planning and design


Issues like housing availability, sustainability goals, and economic changes are compelling cities to better plan for the future. ArcGIS Urban enables planners and design professionals to collaborate across teams with a web-based 3D application that supports scenario planning and impact assessment. ArcGIS Urban enables the digital transformation of city and regional planning to encourage collaboration with community stakeholders and help all groups work toward a more sustainable future.

Visualize projects citywide

Create, track, and review development projects with a digital twin of your city. Incorporating building information modeling (BIM) and other types of 3D information throughout the project review process gives planners and developers a common view of urban development guidelines and reduces the time required for building applications.

3D view of a cityscape with buildings and streets

Design 3D scenarios

ArcGIS Urban makes creating, editing, and managing land-use and zoning plans simple with an interactive 3D environment built with planners in mind. Evaluating the impact of zoning and land-use changes in a study area is key to saving time and money while balancing precious resources. Through detailed indicators and analytics, ArcGIS Urban also enables the creation of on-the-fly scenarios to help visualize the areas that would be impacted by proposed urban developments. 

3D city zoning plan of multiple buildings and a popup window showing 3D model analytics

Guide change and measure impact

Incorporate data-driven land-use scenarios based on factors like population change, economic growth, and current zoning codes for a plan that is more resilient and responsive. By incorporating ArcGIS Urban into a comprehensive planning process, planners can more easily assess land-use changes to meet future demand.

3D indicators on a street grid map

Enable digital engagement

Clearly communicate proposals and increase buy-in by providing easy-to-understand visualizations and metrics. Reach new audiences and boost access to key demographic groups by incorporating online comments and surveys that increase public engagement.

3D view of a building complex with a popup window showing proposed building feedback

How ArcGIS Urban works

3D animation with 3D shapes and buildings that show the urban planning process

Establish a digital twin

Replicate 3D buildings, rights-of-way, or other citywide infrastructure with ease for a holistic view of current or future development efforts.

Start a digital planning and building process

Accelerate policy making with a scenario-driven process to create land-use plans, update zoning codes, and evaluate development proposals on the fly.

Monitor and support your goals

Support decision-making with key performance indicators that help you navigate uncertainty in short-term projects while balancing long-term policies.

Case Study

City of Seattle

We're going to use ArcGIS Urban to really understand where we're at now according to the latest forecast. It will help us see what we can do and to try different scenarios of what we can consider.


Jennifer Pettyjohn

Senior Planner, Seattle Office of Planning and Community Development

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