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Cultivating New Growth: Visualizing Sustainable Development in the Vermillion River Watershed
University of Minnesota
Landscape Architecture, Urban and Regional Planning
This project models the costs and benefits of a conventional suburban subdivision and a smart growth design alternative. The site is located in Farmington, MN, along the north creek of the Vermillion River, and follows the extent of the proposed Fairhill Community, a suburban development emphasizing single family dwellings. This report employs a comparative approach to examine the performance of the Fairhill neighborhood against Farmington Meadows, a smart growth alternative that emphasizes higher densities, mixed uses, land conservation, public transportation, and walkability. The project uses Index PlanBuilder, a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) based planning support system that models sustainability indicators for each scenario. The results reflect the costs and benefits of different development practices and provoke new questions about how scenario modeling can help communities shape urban growth.
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