Current Community Planning

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Planners find themselves immersed in the many daily challenges facing local government and need advanced tools and solutions to solve them. Today, counter-urbanization, open streets, curbside management, and micromobility are some of the new concerns that planning professionals must address. GIS technology adds the element of location into each of these workflows, modifying outdated manual processes and making sense of vast amounts of information. Tasks like public notification and land-use inquiries can be automated. Data from staff in the field can be standardized. Web applications can use comprehensive data to visualize, measure, and analyze proposed developments. 


Esri's planning system provides the tools urban, community, and regional planners need to employ human-centric design; meet their deadlines; and make data-driven, sustainable, and justifiable decisions. 

Analyze proposed development

Provide GIS visualization and analysis in 2D and 3D in a secure web environment to empower urban and regional planning department staff. Planners can review line of sight and shadow impact, analyze the effect of proposed zoning and land-use changes, and ensure data-driven decision-making.

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Streamline permitting and review workflows

Provide a more streamlined and secure workflow for proposed land development, rezoning, site review, or variance projects, informing all stakeholders. Integrate geographic information into your permitting systems to provide location intelligence and generate more value from existing systems.

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Conduct code enforcement and site inspections

To encourage development in your community, you need to have an efficient code enforcement process. Empower staff, such as building inspectors and code enforcement officers, to be able to securely access and update inspection data in the field with GIS tools. These inspections can be made immediately available for review back in the office.

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Perform land-use inquiry and assessment

For plans to be approved efficiently, all stakeholders should make decisions based off the same information, understand and agree on priorities, and solve complicated problems. GIS allows everyone in the planning department, administrators, developers, and the public to agree. Easily provide access to authoritative zoning, land-use, and permitted-use data across desktop, web, and mobile devices.

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Measure green infrastructure impact

Green infrastructure ensures that people connect with nature; have access to clean air and water; experience improved quality of life; and live healthier, happier lives. The retention and creation of green infrastructure are key components in today's development standards. ArcGIS helps planners visualize and measure the impact of development and the benefits of restoring wetlands, planting trees, retaining open spaces, and other green infrastructure initiatives.

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The role of GIS in today's planning department

Track and evaluate current planning projects. Instilling confidence in decision-makers, developers, and citizens is imperative.

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