Conveying a Sense of Place for Planning: The Evolution of Mapping for The Southside Community Plan

Authors: Kimberly Lyons*, City of Flagstaff
Topics: Urban and Regional Planning, Planning Geography, Geographic Information Science and Systems
Keywords: Community Planning, Community Engagement, Neighborhood Planning, Local Geography
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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Neighborhoods are the building blocks of Flagstaff. Historic neighborhoods, like the Southside, tell the story of who we are as a community, through their diverse social, cultural, economic past and present, and their physical characteristics. Southside is also a community in transition and the City of Flagstaff's Comprehensive Planning program would like to work with local organizations, residents, and stakeholders to maintain and enhance the Southside's sense of place and sense of community. For these reason the Southside Community Plan was initiated in fall 2017. The plan consists of four phases: Community Visioning, Needs/Solutions, Policymaking/Partnerships, and Preparation/Adoption.

The use of GIS analysis tools for determining impacts of proposed development on the environment, traffic patterns, property values, etc. is a critical part of community planning. However, the use of GIS technologies for community engagement in the early stages of neighborhood planning is often downplayed as they can suppress certain demographics. This poster illustrates how the City of Flagstaff used traditional mapping and survey methodologies with a variety of GIS tools (Story Maps, Collectors, and ArcMap) to empower/inform neighborhood stakeholders during the Community Visioning phase of the Southside Community Plan. In addition, using GIS technologies early in the planning process allowed information gathered from locals to easily be used in problem specific maps and web apps during the Needs/Solutions plan phase. Moving forward, this should ensure that community members played a primary role in shaping what future Southside projects, developments and code updates look like.

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