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Site and Land Capacity Modeling

Site capacity modeling is based on the fact that the relationship between a site’s physical constraints and local land development regulations can be accurately determined through a series of mathematic and algebraic calculations.  Once the model is calibrated for a given set of development regulations, the development potential for individual sites with varying characteristics can be quickly determined.

Land capacity modeling is based on the fact that each local (or regional) government will have its own set of land use development controls which, given adequate service capabilities, will dictate the future development pattern in its planning area.  These controls are expressed as basic land use designations in comprehensive plans, and as zoning and site development standards in local ordinances and regulations.  When linked to geographic information systems (GIS), site and land capacity models can allow communities to make their mistakes on paper rather than on the landscape.

Recent Example:

Rockford Area Agency for Planning Spring Creek Road / Interstate 90 Study

Contact

For additional information about site and land capacity modeling, please contact:

Brian Richard
815-753-0162
brichard@niu.edu