Planners from the City of Madison, Wis., and the Sonoma County (Calif.) Transportation Authority discuss how new planning software solutions developed by UrbanFootprint are helping them better support their communities.
Cities are struggling with no shortage of challenges: climate change, resilience planning, transportation gridlock, pollution, lack of resources, affordability gaps, health risks, and social instability are just the beginning. While practitioners are stepping up to these challenges, planning technology has struggled to stay apace.
Cities produce so much data, yet harnessing that data to distill actionable insights to help their communities is a critical hurdle. Planning workflows are often cumbersome and inefficient, and planners are challenged with communicating complex outcomes in clear ways.
- Ben Zellers, a planner with the City of Madison (WI)
- Chris Barney, a transportation planner from Sonoma County (CA)
- Joe DiStefano, principal and co-founder of UrbanFootprint
They discuss how these two jurisdictions have adopted agile and sustainable planning technology that allows them to reduce the time needed to get projects completed by comparing more scenarios in less time, and to produce higher performing plans.
It also provides analysis and scenarios in order to compare possible projects to optimize financial spending, commuting time, traffic congestion, carbon emissions, water usage and many more risks and impacts.
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