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    Cyburbian SW MI Planner's avatar
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    Existing land use survey

    My next big project is an existing land use survey for the City. The last one done was basically a bubble map scale 1":1 mile based on zoning and provides no value at all to us.

    I plan on using components of the LBCS. Will use assessing information but not in its entirety since it doesn't entirely match up with the information we want.

    Anyone have any suggestions, advice? If you did this and used LBCS, did you use all dimensions or just a portion? I have 23K parcels, little overwhelmed!

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    We've thought about asking the Fire Department do property by property surveys, thinking the resulting survey would be beneficial to both them and us. Although we spoke briefly and informally with them, they seemed interested, especially if they could get O/T

    The last detailed one we did was by a college intern, years ago.
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    I did our Land Use Map w/ 83K number of parcels.

    Using GIS I sorted parcel by using Assessor's LU classifications & Ownership and our Zoning overlaying our 2005 aerials.

    Certain LU types where quick because they were already mapped in GIS.
    And I did simplify certain catergories - Residential into residential and multi-family, Commercial - all one, our zonig does not not make the distinction about neighborhood or regional,
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    I can't help you directly, but in the interest of time, this sounds like an excellent internship/student group project for planning students at the large public universities in you state (ie U of M...and I can't think of any others at the moment for some reason....)
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

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    Mendelman beat me to it. I would adopt Gedunker's approach of doing a property by property inspection, using interns to carry out the task. There might also be information they can collect that would be useful to the assessor and to the code enforcement department. Design the database so that the notes they take can be combined with those databases.
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    They might try using Google street view rather than driving all around town.

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    Definately considering an intern for compiling the information, but want to get the format organized first. We have a lot of the residential information already compiled, it's just a matter of going through all of the individualt property records. Also plan on using google earth, site visits, etc.

    Right now, just trying to organize the level of information we want to collect. While I don't know that I necessarily care if retail use is a book store or a sporting goods store, if we are doing the survey it's probably in our best interest to go to that level. I want to collect information on nonconforming, rentals, group homes, etc. so in trying to set this up I'm having to determine gaps in the LBCS system.

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