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Service Area Demand Studies

Analysis and projection of service demands are at the base of most major planning decisions.  As forecasts of the extent and the pace of growth, projections allow service providers to "see" probable future development patterns and to identify and consider planning issues accordingly.  The erratic trend of land development over the past decade combined with the cyclical nature of the development industry complicates the projection process.  However, careful calibration of spatial and demographic models can produce robust projections.  Although service area studies are sometimes prompted by operational planning, most are undertaken in support of capital improvement planning.  New capital investment generally implies a significant commitment of resources over an extended period of time, and careful consideration requires an exhaustive analysis of potential service demands.

Service area studies have been conducted for clients as follows:

Contact

For additional information about service area studies, please contact:

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