Land Development Calculations: Interactive Tools and Techniques for Site Planning, Analysis and Design / Edition 1

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"It is the kind of simplified tool that many of us in practice sorely need" - Jamie Greene, AICP, AIA, Principal, American Communities Partnership

*The first computational tool for land development and site planning analysis and design

*Real-world case studies, with photographs and plans, illustrate how alternative development options would affect the project results

*Includes a CD-ROM containing 30 interactive spreadsheets that can be used for every type of land development scenario

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071362559
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 6/26/2001
  • Edition description: BK&CD-ROM
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 576
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Walter Martin Hosack is a certified city planner and registered architect. He has management and design experience in architecture, engineering, urban design, city planning, and zoning in both public agency and private consulting practice.

Over the past 32 years he has planned, designed, and managed projects ranging in size from residential homes to $100 million commercial projects and has participated and led development efforts at both the state and local levels. He has also had extensive public involvement requirng client, public and professional coordination in the search for common points of agreement, and has published several articles relating to this work. He bringsexperience to bear in this book, which is designed to present a common tool that will be useful to all development students, disciplines, and professionals.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The Development Forecast Collection 1
Ch. 2 Design Specifications 43
Ch. 3 Forecasting Development Capacity 83
Ch. 4 Single-Family Housing Forecast 133
Ch. 5 Mixed-Use Forecasting 163
Ch. 6 Land Use Allocation and Economic Stability 193
Ch. 7 Case Studies and Context Records 213
Ch. 8 Single-System Comparisons 227
Ch. 9 Multisystem Comparisons 255
Ch. 10 Parking Structure Comparisons 275
Ch. 11 Zero Parking Comparisons 304
Ch. 12 Urban House Comparisons 329
Ch. 13 Suburb House Comparisons 369
Ch. 14 Apartment House Comparisons 421
Ch. 15 Apartment House Density 477
Ch. 16 Economic Development 513
Ch. 17 Conclusion 567
Ch. 18 Exercises 569
App. A Suggested Divisions of the Built Environment 583
App. B CD Software Information and File Organization 587
App. C Development Capacity Evaluation Logic 595
Glossary 599
Index 613
About the Author 621
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2002

    Extremely valuable tool

    ¿Land Development Calculations¿ provides an excellent and innovative strategy for working towards sustainable land use and development. The models for varying land development strategies can assist local government land use decision makers and planners as well as developers determine the carrying capacity of land within realistic thresholds. The accompanying spreadsheets for the development scenarios on the CD-ROM are extremely user friendly and do not place an undue burden on the user by requiring what may be hard to find or to collect data. All of the data required just is typical of what is necessary to make appropriate land development decisions. As a local government planner, I am working towards incorporating the information received from the models in to the zoning and development code as part of the approval process by using it to further assess suitability of the property for the purposes proposed (a zoning consideration required in accordance with the State of Georgia Zoning Procedures Act). I strongly encourage other land planners and developers to read ¿Land Development Calculations,¿ because of its highly practical and very timely material.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2001

    Author Delivers Valuable Techniques and Tools

    This is a very valuable technical reference for practitioners who need an efficient method of performing land development calculations. The book and its companion set of spreadsheets enable users to answer two key questions: 1) how much can be built on a given piece of land; or 2) how much land is needed to accommodate a given use? The material is clearly written and well illustrated, especially a series of worksheets leading through the method.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2001

    Author explanation

    I've noticed that some buyers are purchasing what appear to be unrelated titles. For this reason, I'm including a brief explanation of the book and some keywords here. I hope it will help potential readers reach a decision. Unfortunately, I ran out of time or this would have been in the book itself. Please forgive my star rating, but you can understand my prejudice. This book is about several new tools on a CD-ROM that can improve our ability to evaluate the development capacity of land, the context produced, the cost involved, the yield implied, and the relationship between this built environment and the natural world that sustains us. Architecture is about shelter ¿ one of five elements needed for survival and one of four kingdoms of the built environment. The form and style associated with architecture is applied to this fundamental need as an expression of the underlying policy decisions that produce it. These decisions can be expressed with values assigned to the elements of a design specification. Forecast models associated with each specification panel use these values to predict the capacity of land to accommodate shelter. In fact, this design specification system can easily forecast a hundred options in the time it takes to sketch one. Final design policies are established by comparing and evaluating the project environments forecast, the context contribution made, and the yield implied when using different value sets. Time consuming sketches can then focus on evaluating the design specification sets, or recipes, that survive this comparative process. Project environments combine to produce neighborhood, district, and city context. If we can write project policies using design specification values we can also write larger context policies using the same language. Since land is not inexhaustible, this method of development capacity evaluation and policy development will become increasingly relevant as the need to protect a growing population produces a greater need to provide more shelter on less land in a context that remains desirable, profitable, and sustainable. It is an issue and a tool that can not only affect architecture and planning, but all professions, trades, and sciences associated with the shelter component of our built environment. A context recording system included on the CD also makes it possible to measure existing projects and translate these measurements into the underlying design specification represented. This should help us evaluate the results of the past and build on the knowledge gained. Land Development Calculations requires no mathematical pre-requisites. In fact, one of the objectives of the book is to make the internal equations of the CD-ROM do the work. This allows the user to focus on the results produced from the palette of design specification values entered, and to change values to explore different results and policy implications. Policy based on opinion has the least credibility and is strongest when it involves a comparison of alternatives. These comparisons can elevate the status of opinion to that of logic. The less logic involved the less convincing and more opinionated the debate. Architecture has been strong on opinion and weak on logic for centuries because it has been distracted by appearance. The decisions that underlie appearance, however, can be measured and reduced to a specification of values for comparison. Evaluating the context produced by these values constitutes research and builds knowledge. Using these values at other locations makes it possible to forecast results and build context without excessive aesthetic regulation. Identical cakes are not produced from the same recipe, nor do all bakers use the same icing and produce the same appearance. Without a recipe, however, the cake must be reinvented. This makes it difficult to build upon knowledge and communicate results to a broad audience. I have always admired the work of Frank Lloyd Wright

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