REGIONAL LAND USE SCHEMES GENERATED BY TOPAZ

TOPAZ (TECHNIQUE FOR THE OPTIMAL PLACEMENT OF ACTIVITIES IN ZONES) WAS DEVELOPED TO PROVIDE THE URBAN PLANNER WITH A SERIES OF ALTERNATIVE SOLUTIONS FROM WHICH HE COULD DETERMINE THE LAND USE PATTERN WITH THE LEAST AMOUNT OF COST INVOLVED. IN LINE WITH THIS OBJECTIVE, TOPAZ WAS APPLIED TO THE NEW RIVER VALLEY PLANNING DISTRICT LOCATED IN THE SOUTHWESTERN PART OF VIRGINIA. THE DISTRICT WAS DIVIDED INTO 40 ZONES AND FIVE ACTIVITIES, RESIDENTIAL, COMMERCIAL, PUBLIC/SEMI-PUBLIC, INDUSTRIAL, AND RECREATIONAL, WERE INVESTIGATED. REGIONAL LAND USE AND TRANSPORTATION DATA DATA WERE DEVELOPED AND UTILIZED IN THE COMPUTER PROGRAM. TOPAZ GENERATED SEVERAL ALTERNATIVE SOLUTIONS WITH MAXIMUM AND MINIMUM COSTS OF TRAVEL, BUILDINGS, UTILITIES, ACCESS FACILITIES, AND SO ON. THE TECHNIQUE PROVED TO BE A BENEFICIAL AID TO THE PLANNING PROFESSION AND GENERATED ALTERNATIVE COURSES OF ACTION WITH A RELATIVELY SMALL COMPUTER TIME. /DOT/

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  • Accession Number: 00240788
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 15 1974 12:00AM