Local Development, Local Data: A Geospatial Study of Small-Area Change using Building Permits in Austin, Texas.
Abstract: This investigation utilizes municipal records to explore how local
datasets and spatial analysis tools, specifically building permits and GIS, may be used to
study land development. The goal of this exploration is to provide planners and
policy-makers with information to help them assess the local physical environment. In order
to evaluate the effectiveness of this analytical method, ... read morea comparative analysis is
performed between the permit dataset and data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Additionally,
programs and changes related to development are examined to demonstrate potential uses of
this municipal data. The City of Austin, Texas, is the context for this study, and the
permit records used span two decades from 1990 through 2009. The case studies analyzed
include Austin's Smart Growth Initiative and the Balcones Canyonlands Preserves
conservation project, as examples of proactive and explicit land use decisions.
Additionally, shifting neighborhood demographics and gentrification provide a scenario for
studying the changes that have resulted from residential mobility
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2012.
Submitted to the Dept. of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning.
Advisor: Barbara Parmenter.
Committee: Jon Witten.
Keywords: Urban planning, and Area planning and development.read less