Date

6-2012

Degree Name

BS in City and Regional Planning

Department

City and Regional Planning Department

Advisor(s)

Hemalata C. Dandekar

Abstract

Cities throughout the country face a number of challenges in dealing with the changing development needs of the 21st century. In urban planning, the fusion of social, environmental, political, economic, and functional considerations are required. Today, local, state, and federal governments are experiencing an economic downturn, making resources scarce to plan for smarter development, attain greater public interest, and economic revival.

The primary objective of this project is to provide innovative solutions in city and regional planning using software applications, such as Google SketchUp, that enable assessment of various urban design projects. A second objective was to create a 3D model of an existing city in which the model could be updated, corrected, and augmented. Modeling of the existing city enable designers and planners to study the impact of planned urban development.

The Pismo Beach model can function in multiple ways. It can be used to gather data not otherwise available, such as the alignment of built features in the city, with respect to each other or natural features and allow the public greater access to, and understanding of, the development of the city. Additionally, the model can:

> Communicate/display to the public, who may be impacted about the decisions made by the Planning Department and City Council,

> Manipulate design and demonstrate impacts on site lines, views, aesthetics, etc. and

>Act as a tool for decision makers to - Visually foresee opportunities - Arbitrate or decide better compelling designs - Request options