UT - Center for Sustainable Development

The Center for Sustainable Development has been the research arm of the project and was responsible for advancement of the tool's ability in terms of local visual, social, and economic context. 

Dr. Michael Oden developed a model to evaluate the fiscal impacts of various development scenarios that can be linked as an application to the Envision Tomorrow scenario planning system. At the workshops, this was know as the Fiscal Impact App. To view a Fiscal Impact App for Austin, click here. Also, Dr. Oden created a Guidebook for understanding the App as well as a template file for those interested in experimenting on their own or in other regions.

Dr. Elizabeth Mueller, investigating housing preferences among Central Austin workers with modest salaries who commute 10+ miles to work, created a survey and compiled its main findings into a report that helps to understand the extent to which respondents’ residential locations were indicative of their preferences for suburban or rural living, and the factors that shape their thinking about where to live. To download the report, click here.

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Fregonese and Associates

Envision Tomorrow, from Fregonese and Associates, is the base scenario planning software and the platform to create an advanced, open-source planning tool, capable of both local and regional analysis. Envision Tomorrow tackles scenario building by using buildings as the base for a model. The building prototype library is custom built for Central Texas. A web version is also available and will be accessible to all.

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Criterion Planners has designed a Data Quality Wizard, in cooperation with the Open Source Planning Tools Work Group. Automation of data processing will increase the functionality, especially for our regional entities with limited GIS capabilities.

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UT authored a unique fiscal impact model for municipal governments of multiple sizes across the region and incorporating a model from HDR Associates to monetize sustainable development benefits that have been traditionally ignored by public fiscal models.

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Quality Growth Toolkit

Online engagement system. 

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Utah Apps

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Texas Advanced Computing Center

The Texas Advanced Computing Center provided cloud veil hosting, web display, and visualization technology (hardware and software) support. TACC’s servers (via the Online Tool) also allow instant feedback for complicated proximity analysis, i.e., calculating the walking distance to a park, transit stop, or business district from all buildings drawn in the scenario and provide instant feedback about what it might mean for the community.

UT - Center for Transportation Research

The Center for Transportation Research wrote two reports: one on the connectivity study and the second on the active transportation index.









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