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Application of the UPlan Land Use Planning Model

Product No.: 09060
Date Published: 7/2009

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Geographic Area Covered: Delaware Valley Region comprised of five counties in Pennsylvania (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Philadelphia, and Montgomery) and four counties in New Jersey (Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, and Mercer

Abstract: This report documents the completion of the UPlan calibration process and presents the development and application of a generalized forecasting methodology for applying UPlan in ongoing DVRPC studies. UPlan is a GIS-based land use planning and forecasting model with a sophisticated embedded transportation/land use interface. The implementation strategy involves emulating ongoing DVRPC 2030 Land Use and Transportation planning activities within Uplan as much as possible while implementing the transportation/land use linkage recommended by federal guidelines. Ultimately, the goal is to integrate Uplan into ongoing regional, county, and local land use/transportation planning activities. This report documents two pilot studies, as well as the first scenario planning project based on the fully validated land use model.

Key Words: UPlan, Geographical Information System (GIS), transportation/land use link, land use model, land use policy, corridor planning, model implementation, calibration, parameters, variables

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