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Maps & Planning Colors

Duke Of Dystopia

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Need some quick help

When making maps for planning uses, What are the colors generally associated with the each use.

I know industrial areas tend to be grays. What are the associated coler schemes?
 

tsc

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we generally use the following...depends on colors avail and number of categories

Yellow- Residential ( the paler the less dense)
Orange-High Density Residential
Red- Commercial
Blue-government/public service/schools
Green-Parks
Purple- Cemetery/religious
Brown-Agriculture
Grey-Utilities
Maroon-Industrial
Light Green/Olive- Undeveloped
 

GeogPlanner

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back in grad school...i drafted a memo to our studio team for a project to ensure consistent land-use colors across all of our graphics. i took it from the APA info and worked it out this way:

Single Family Residential Light Yellow
Two Family Residential Yellow
Multi-Family Residential Dark Yellow/Brown
Commercial/Retail Red
Office/Professional Light Red
Park Lands Green
Agriculture Light Green
Natural/Preservation Areas Dark Green
Community Facilities (inc. church) Blue
Government/Public Services Dark Blue
Light Industrial/R & D Light Purple
Industrial Purple
Vacant Lands Grey
Unclassified Lands White
Mixed Land-Use Orange
Water Cyan or Light Blue
Highway Routes Blue or Dark Blue Lines
Local Roads Dark Grey Lines
Railroads Hatched Dark Grey Lines
Municipal Boundaries Broken Black Lines

Cemeteries were coded grey b/c we considered that "vacant" in terms of development. And I have been using this set of colors since then and it's always well received. Rule of thumb: the denser the darker in color.
 
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