Facilitating Transit Oriented Development in the Purple Line Corridor: The Plans and Regulations Information Tool

Knaap, Gerrit-Jan and Chimento, Cyrus and Hopkins, Lewis D. and Finio, Nicholas (2021) Facilitating Transit Oriented Development in the Purple Line Corridor: The Plans and Regulations Information Tool. CITIES 20.50 – Creating Habitats for the 3rd Millennium: Smart – Sustainable – Climate Neutral. Proceedings of REAL CORP 2021, 26th International Conference on Urban Development, Regional Planning and Information Society. pp. 1149-1153. ISSN 2521-3938

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The Plans and Regulations Information Tool (PaRIT) is a computing interface that enables spatial queries to identify and access the many plans and regulations that apply to a given place. These plans and regulations are created by various government, intergovernmental, and non-governmental organizations and are created at different times with different functional, spatial, and temporal scopes. As argued elsewhere (Hopkins & Knaap, 2016), we should neither expect these plans to be consistent nor try to make them consistent. PaRIT accesses multiple plans and regulations to give decision-makers emergent information in support of several plan-using tasks: plan commission staff report, affordable housing location opportunities, developer location opportunities, aggregating ideas across plans for advocacy such as bikeways or affordable housing (National Center for Smart Growth, 2019), neighborhood group advocacy/opposition, looking for consistency or contradictions related to particular goals such as hazards or climate change mitigation (Berke, Malecha, Yu, Lee, & Masterson, 2019). We demonstrate the capabilities of PaRIT in applications to the Purple Line light rail transit project in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties, Maryland, north of Washington, DC. This tool operationalizes concepts for creating Information Systems of Plans (Finn, Hopkins, & Wempe, 2007; Kaza & Hopkins, 2012), structured databases for collecting, indexing, and querying the many plans that typically apply and relating these plans to regulations. The tool relies on an extensive database of geo-spatially defined plans that express intentions or visions of important organizations in both Counties. These plans range from traditional neighborhood level land-use plans to county-wide general plans but also include educational facility master plans and bicycle and pedestrian plans. Regulations included in the tool include legally binding rights, incentives or constraints on land development in the corridor such as zoning, impact fees, and economic development incentive zones. Funded by the Federal Transit Administration, the tool is designed to facilitate transit-oriented development across the Purple Line Corridor. Spatial queries can be defined in several ways: by street address; by drawing a point, line, or polygon; by uploading shapefiles; and a buffer can be added to any of these queries. Queries can use filters to focus on particular types of plans or regulations. Query results present important attributes of each plan or regulation that applies to that location and include links to PDFs and websites for the complete documents. A summary report can be formatted in printable format.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: plans, transit oriented development, Information system, regulations, web tool
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Depositing User: REAL CORP Administrator
Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2021 15:02
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2021 18:01
URI: http://repository.corp.at/id/eprint/841

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