New Tools for Zoning and Development Visualization

Zoning Practice — March 2012

By Devin Lavigne, FAICP


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This article highlights the software and techniques that can provide the imagery to enhance zoning ordinances, explain zoning changes, and highlight the development potential of key sites.


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March 1, 2012
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American Planning Association

About the Author

Devin Lavigne, FAICP
Devin Lavigne is a nationally recognized innovative leader in the field of urban planning, with special expertise in urban design, physical planning, graphic communication, development visualization, and GIS. Co-founder of Houseal Lavigne Associates, a National Planning Excellence Award recipient, Devin has directed more than 150 plans, using groundbreaking techniques and approaches. With his Esri-based “” program, he was a pioneer in using maps for interactive public engagement. Devin is an adjunct lecturer at the Urbana-Champaign and Chicago campuses of the University of Illinois, and is co-creator of “Planning Prep”, a free resource that helps planners prepare for AICP certification.