GIS Modeling of Neo-Traditional Neighborhood Development

by John R. Stone, North Carolina State Univ, Raleigh, United States,
Thomas H. Wittmann, North Carolina State Univ, Raleigh, United States,
Jonathan L. Boone, North Carolina State Univ, Raleigh, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computing in Civil Engineering


Emerging strategies for land use development suggest that neo-traditional neighborhoods promote increased accessibility with reduced traffic congestion compared to current suburban developments. This paper examines that premise by modeling a hypothetical neighborhood of each type with identical land use magnitudes. The modeling approach combines a geographic information system (GIS) with network modeling software. Results indicate that neo-traditional designs do not offer clear advantages in roadway infrastructure cost and traffic impacts unless transit and pedestrian activity are significant.

Subject Headings: Geographic information systems | Traffic models | Residential location | Computer models | Traffic congestion | Information systems | Land use | Computer software

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