Chapel Hill Special Topics: “Planning Models and the Future Townscape”

 Garrett DavisThe Town of Chapel Hill Special Topics sessions return to the community with “Planning Models and the Future Townscape” to be presented at noon Wednesday, July 18, in the Council Chamber of Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.

The Special Topics series began during the Chapel Hill 2020 comprehensive planning process as a way to share information with interested residents who want to know more about issues, trends and studies that affect the future. For past topics, see http://bit.ly/zi4gLo.

Garrett Davis, a long range planner for the Town of Chapel Hill, will provide an overview of the various types of planning models the Town uses to analyze and understand data related to future population and employment growth and related transportation and land use impacts. Models help planners gather and analyze information and predict possible future outcomes, based on a set of assumptions. The presentation, which will provide an overview of the current use of planning modes in the Triangle region and focus on the use of CommunityViz, an interactive software platform that integrates land use mapping and statistical analysis used by the Town during the development of the 2020 Comprehensive Plan. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session.

Davis develops analysis, Geographic Information System (GIS), and graphic design projects to aid the Town’s planning initiatives. He also provides professional support to other Town departments and partner agencies.

The public event will be aired live on Chapel Hill Government TV-18 and streamed on the Town of Chapel Hill website at www.townofchapelhill.org/index.aspx?page=1850. For more information, contact gdavis2@townofchapelhill.org or 919-969-5061.

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