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How Government Agencies Can Use Property Data to Enhance Urban Planning Initiatives

Government bodies work hard to meet the needs of their constituents through a well-designed urban environment. City planning must meet the health, economic, and social needs of the population.

The field of urban informatics utilizes big data and data analytics to enhance urban planning. Urban informatics can be used by government bodies to guide city planning regulations and partnerships with urban planners to better project the needs of city dwellers. Data analytics can be used to improve infrastructure, plan the development of new commercial buildings, and reduce the environmental and economic costs of developments.

In this post, we highlight how government agencies step-up their urban planning initiatives with property data and urban and property data analytics.

Urban Informatics: The New Codes to the City

Nicholas Stevens, Senior Lecturer and Researcher of Land Use Planning & Urban Design at the University of the Sunshine Coast defines cities as, “Complex sociotechnical systems,” – in which people, communities, and the built environment collide. Each one posing a unique set of problems to be decoded and addressed government agencies responsible for urban planning initiatives and legislation.

Different cities demand different solutions to meet the priorities of infrastructure and the environmental, social, and economic demands of their inhabitants. As such, an accurate insight into the various dynamics that make up a city – from community demographics to commercial expansion – are integral to successful urban planning.

Comprehensive, accurate, and up-to-date demographic, environmental, and real estate property data are key to shaping detailed insights into the dynamics of a city and the people who live within it.

For example, data analytics can be used to address the needs of an aging population within urban design. By 2030, it is predicted that 1 in every 5 US residents will be over the age of 65. An aging population demands a greater number of elderly and health care facilities, as well as an urban environment that is adapted to the reduced mobility of an elderly population.

How ATTOM Property Data Can Help Shape Government Policy on Urban Planning

Property data, showcasing the number of residential and commercial properties being built across the urban environment, provides policy makers with insights into the needs of the wider community.

For example, property data on the level of transient housing may highlight the need for more affordable, permanent housing for vulnerable populations. As such, property data can highlight nuanced social issues that play out within the physical environment – informing smarter urban planning policy decision making.

ATTOM’s property data offers comprehensive data that helps to guide urban planning and relevant legislation for government agencies. ATTOM’s property data accounts for more than 155 million properties nationwide, covering:

  • 6 billion rows of data
  • 7,200 data fields
  • 9TB warehouse
  • 99% population coverage

Data Guides Smarter Policy Decisions

Government agencies can utilize data to ensure that urban planning policy is well-informed and best addresses the needs of its constituents. ATTOM’s property data provides all-encompassing data on the US housing market to ensure you meet the nuanced needs of your city and constituents.


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