There is zero question that technology is going to change the way we live. But is it going to change our future land use plans? But this nebulous concept of smart cities seems to be somewhere between Big Brother, IRobot, and Skynet. There are discussions about improved parking lot tech in Boston that finds the most efficient vacant parking space in the MIT garages, in parts of Detroit and CA, self driving cars are already on the streets, and many of us have already used things like open table, uber, or similar apps on our smartphones to help save time and effort.

Other people have taken a broader more holistic approach and have changed stormwater runoff requirements to require rain gardens and other natural filtered ares, increased tree canopy requirements to reduce urban heat models, and even requiring that a percentage of new construction run on alternative energy sources such as solar or wind.

But what changes will occur when it comes to planning for these future 'Smart Cities' within our Master Plans? Have you included concepts that fall under the umbrella concept of smart cities? Do you anticipate making particular policy statements or specific direction towards high tech infrastructure or environmentally sensitive design?