Save time on data prep and focus on what really matters: Planning for a sustainable future. With access to hundreds of data reference layers, UrbanFootprint helps planners, designers, architects, analysts, developers, and advocates find the best possible solutions for environmental health, social equity, and economic vitality.
Take a look under the hood and understand the data engine that powers UrbanFootprint.
The base canvas is the foundation of the UrbanFootprint platform, allowing for easy analysis of existing conditions at any scale: state, region, city, block, or parcel. Develop a snapshot of your project scope, perceived challenges, and potential solution scenarios with access to land use and census data for all U.S. blocks and parcels.
How is this information collected and analyzed? The base canvas uses a custom data pipeline to normalize data of varying type and scale from a vast range of sources to allow quick yet highly detailed analysis. The base canvas pulls data from the following general categories: residential fields, employment fields, parcel area fields, building area fields, irrigated fields, roadway intersection density, built form type, and land development categories. For each census block, UrbanFootprint generates raw counts of population, dwelling units, jobs, and other demographic fields using a combination of census data sources. UrbanFootprint also supports base canvas creation at the parcel scale from user-supplied data.
Read on to check out the additional reference layers designed to complement the base canvas with even more granular detail for of each project’s unique analysis and scenario planning needs.
Plan for resilient cities and a sustainable planet with access to dozens of ready-to-use environmental data sets. Building environmentally responsible communities poses a wide range of challenges, including ecological conservation, mitigating the impacts of climate change, anticipating the risk of natural hazards, and supporting agricultural health. Concerned about city resiliency? Map NOAA’s coastal sea level rise projections as constraints for your next long-range general plan. Looking for sustainable solutions to projected growth patterns? Test unlimited TOD scenarios and compare outcomes in terms of greenhouse gas emissions, vehicle miles traveled, and household costs, while conserving critical wildlife habitats, protected ecoregions, valuable farmland, historic landmarks, and more.
Gauge infrastructure needs in the context of key building locations like K-12 schools and universities. Detect signs of decaying infrastructure with geospatial 311 data. Get answers to questions like how often non-emergency service requests are made in a particular area. Examples include requests to fix non-working traffic lights, potholes, and more.
Human-scaled communities are healthy communities. Increase mobility, lower greenhouse gas emissions, and reduce vehicle miles traveled with comprehensive data detailing pedestrian, bike, auto, bus, and rail networks. Plan for complete streets with a detailed understanding of available transit across all scales.
Explore land use and zoning data to identify project opportunities and challenges. Streamlined analysis of important destinations like airports, universities, and parks, combined with key development factors like property deeds and location of publicly owned buildings facilitates a smoother planning process. Currently researching opportunities for smart urban infill? Get building code and construction permit data at your fingertips. Looking to secure long-term property value? Evaluate your investment in terms of foot traffic and proximity to dense, popular land use types.
Understand population trends in relation to demographics, density, dwelling units, job types, commute patterns, income, and more. Build a thriving community by planning for the unique needs of the region, city, or neighborhood. Need to assess how adding more mid-rise mixed use buildings will impact population density and a resulting increase in transit ridership? Analyze potential outcomes from all sides with deep insights into curated census data for all scales.
Truly sustainable cities support environmental health while creating socially and economically equitable opportunities for its citizens. UrbanFootprint is designed to support these imperative initiatives with data sets that measure the depth and intensity of poverty by location. Get actionable urban planning insights with the ability to gauge food access, fair market rents, transportation costs per household, and more.
Assess community health with metrics on hospital accessibility and air pollution. Identify potential health hazards with access to reference layers like the EPA Non-Attainment Areas and Designations, a data set that highlights areas where air pollution levels have failed to meet U.S. National Ambient Air Quality Standards.
Add context to your planning with preloaded political boundaries like congressional districts, school districts, and governmental jurisdictions. Clearly understand what stakeholders will play a role in building community consensus at the outset of a project.
Find the data you need with Data Discovery, our virtual data catalog. It’s like Google for planners. Search by keyword, category, location, or provider, then set up your free UrbanFootprint account to get started.