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Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

A Geographic Information System (GIS) is an effective and common tool for planners to analyze spatial and geographic data with the ability to present results in a graphic format that is easy to interpret and simple to understand.  The GSA Urban Development¦Good Neighbor Program uses GIS to perform spatial analysis to determine whether certain conditions are satisfied when determining location decisions, advising on client portfolio plans, determining trends and patterns specific to Transit Oriented Development (TOD), and even modeling the environmental impact of moving lease locations.

The GSA Urban Development¦Good Neighbor Program has joined efforts with the Federal Partnership for Sustainable Communities (EPA, DOT, HUD) to share GIS information that provides a foundation to align policies that support local communities with more housing choices, better transportation systems, and healthier neighborhoods that attract businesses.

Last Reviewed 2017-07-03