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Land Use Models

Land use models are generally recognized as useful tools for forecasting. Unfortunately, the complexity of most land use models gets in the way of their widespread use by planning agencies. To help with this issue ODOT-TPAU constructed the Land Use Scenario DevelopeR (LUSDR). LUSDR operates at the level of individual households and employment establishments and microsimulates location decisions of land developments. The LUSDR model is currently being used in a long-range land use visioning study for the RVMPO area and is planned for use in a number of applications in Oregon.

"Land Use and Transportation Modeling for Regional Problem Solving" - results from the study produced from the RVMPO analysis.

In 1999 a prototype metropolitan land use model was developed for Oregon. The model was created using UrbanSim, a software-based system designed for integrated planning and analysis of urban development. The model was designed to interface with existing travel modeling procedures in use by an Oregon MPO, incorporating interactions between land use, transportation and public policy.