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Smart communities don’t just happen, they require planners dedicated to more livable and prosperous communities. Smart growth recognizes our world is rapidly changing and we are moving towards a sensor-driven world that is impacting urban development. Still, there is the need to balance infrastructure with nature. 

The Planning and Community Development solution suite addresses the holistic needs of an organization. Relationships between developers, policy making, future development, and citizen engagement are understood and modeled in a digital twin to consider every concern.

Preconfigured solutions for planning and community development

Track and evaluate current planning projects

Instilling confidence in decision makers, developers, and citizens is imperative. Do planners have the technical expertise and tools to perform their jobs in today’s climate? Whether you are reviewing improvements, checking a proposed subdivision for environmental impacts, or analyzing a petition for rezoning, the Current Planning preconfigured solution enables you to confidently communicate recommendations while integrating results into your permitting system. Your community will acknowledge your attention to collaboration and improved civic outreach.

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What's included

  • Proposed Development Review
  • Visibility Assessment
  • Shadow Impact Analysis
  • Calculate Solar Radiation
  • Field Data Collection
  • Land Use Inquiry
  • Floodplain Inquiry
  • 3D Site Maps
  • Mobile Code Violation Reporting
  • Planning Commission Presentations
  • Public Surveys
  • Address Management & Verification

 Requirements: 

  • ArcGIS Pro
  • ArcGIS Enterprise  or ArcGIS Online
  • GeoPlanner
  • Community Analyst

Additional options:

  • CityEngine
  • Insights for ArcGIS
  • Drone2Map

Support long-range comprehensive planning initiatives

Planners are under pressure to set policies for a sustainable future. The pressures are growing to better understand current development, balance infrastructure and nature, sustain safe and healthy communities, and prioritize issues related to social equity. The Advanced Planning preconfigured solution helps planners model multiple land-use scenarios, modernize approaches to general plan and zoning ordinances, and communicate impacts to design communities that thrive.

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What's included

  • Land Use Scenario Planning & Modeling
  • Demographic & Socio-Economic Reports
  • Asset and Resource Exploration
  • Buildout and Infill Modeling
  • Green Infrastructure Analysis
  • Proposed Development Site Maps
  • Visibility Assessment
  • Public Proposed Land Use Surveys
  • Land Use Inquiry
  • Environmental Impact Analysis
  • Proposed Plan Presentations

 Requirements: 

  • ArcGIS Pro
  • ArcGIS Enterprise or ArcGIS Online
  • GeoPlanner
  • CityEngine
  • Community Analyst

Develop partnerships with the community

Participation helps citizens feel a sense of connection and belonging. Engaged citizens feel proud of their community and in turn contribute even more. Today’s community development professionals need to follow a path of constant outreach, communication, and requests for feedback.  The Citizen Engagement solution encourages public input through the same means they use in their personal lives. It expands to include planning charrettes, crowdsourcing and feedback, improved notification, and public outreach tools. 

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What's included

  • Public-facing Initiative Web Sites
  • Demographic & Socio-Economic Reports
  • Citizen Problem Reporter
  • Special Project Surveys
  • Asset Adoption Promotion and Tracking
  • Community Event Management
  • Public Notification
  • Construction Activity Tracking
  • Demolition Tracking
  • Park Locator
  • Project Presentations

 Requirements: 

  • ArcGIS Enterprise or ArcGIS Online
  • ArcGIS Hub
  • Community Analyst

Prioritize resilience planning

The current trends towards resilience planning suggest we analyze past policies and address larger social concerns as well as chronic stresses on our natural resources and the environment. The Resiliency preconfigured solution seeks to empower organizations with the analytics tools to mitigate against known factors and to more accurately analyze, model, and forecast policies throughout the comprehensive planning process. The outcome is a policy approach embraced by citizens and decision makers alike.

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What's included

  • Resilience Dashboard
  • Demographic & Socio-Economic Reports
  • Community Resilience Surveys & Maps
  • Community Impact Dashboard
  • Mitigation Feedback
  • Hazard Assessment and Analysis Map
  • Street-level Photo Acquisition
  • Blight Management and Remediation
  • Neighborhood Stabilization
  • Demolition Tracking
  • Floodplain Inquiry
  • Green Infrastructure Analysis
  • Conservation & Preservation Assessment
  • Resilience Plan Presentations

 Requirements: 

  • ArcGIS Pro
  • ArcGIS Enterprise or ArcGIS Online
  • Insights for ArcGIS
  • GeoPlanner
  • Community Analyst

Professional services and training


The preconfigured solution suite includes planning, implementation services, and training tailored to your organization’s needs. Services and training delivered through Esri professional services or a certified Esri business partner are designed to provide technical knowledge transfer and best practices for the optimal return on your GIS investment.

These engagements include:

  • Implementation services
  • Training and documentation
  • Technical assistance
  • Hosted services

Success Story

How one city is mastering community development

Johns Creek, Georgia leveraged an initiative-driven open data portal that gives citizens information important to growth and quality of life.

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Modernize your organization today

Esri is here to help you to meet today’s challenges with Planning and Community Development preconfigured solutions.