Land-Use Planning: Grows More Exact with the Help of USGS

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1979, Vol. 49, Issue 2, Pg. 84-88

Document Type: Feature article


The U.S. Geological Survey has turned its considerable talents and resources towards providing earth-science information for urban planners and, consequently, developers. This article is excerpted from a recent Survey professional paper aimed at nongeologists: to provide examples of survey information applied to urban problems, such as land-use ordinances, permit processes, review boards, etc. One region selected as an example was the Front Range Urban Corridor in Colorado, running 140 miles from Colorado Springs to Ft. Collins. A range of geologic problems are discussed: swelling/shrinking soil, water scarcity, resource recovery, land subsidence—all of which are aggravated in this area by increasing urbanization.

Subject Headings: Geological surveys | Land use | Federal government | Geology | Soil water | Water resources | Permits | Expansive soils | Colorado | United States

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