Rural development analysis and planning proposal for the Eugene-Springfield Metro Region.

The proposal overlaid multiple political, social, economic and environmental conditions to suggest highest and best land uses. It was a data-driven mapping overlay approach to regional land planning.

Work in this studio predated CAD, so we created all overlays by hand with ink and ZipATone lettering on clear mylar that could be run through a blueline printer with a frosted mylar USSGS topgraphical map for about 50 overlay combinations.

In addition to delineation, I coordinated the purchase, process and production printing of all maps for the class.

Analysis maps included Aquifers, Aquifer Recharge Areas, Floodplains and Ponding, Geology, Hydrologic Groups, Landforms, Surface Water, and Woodlands.

Assessment maps included Agricultural Suitability, Building Suitability, and Septic Tank Suitability.

The combination of all maps led to a Highest Economic Use map which made land use predictions, like where single family housing would most likely grow based on assertions like "It's cheaper to build rural houses on flat, well-drained valley soils than steep, clay hillsides."

Role: Undergraduate Student

Course: LA 511 - Land Planning Analysis

Setting: University of Oregon

Location: Eugene, Oregon

Year: 1979

Media: India ink and ZipATone on clear and frosted mylar