Checking In on the Land Based Classification Standards: Multi-Dimensional Classification at a Crossroads

PAS Memo — July-August 2012

By David Morley, AICP


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The Land Based Classification Standards (LBCS) is a system for classifying land based on its different physical, economic, and social characteristics. More importantly, though, LBCS allows jurisdictions, agencies, and institutions at the local, regional, state, and national levels to share land-based data.

This PAS Memo article provides an introduction to LBCS for practicing planners, highlights a few specific applications of this system to contemporary land-use planning challenges, and summarizes a basic process for incorporating the standards into a parcel-based data system.


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July 1, 2012
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About the Author

David Morley, AICP
David Morley, AICP, is a Research Program and QA Manager at the American Planning Association in Chicago, where he manages and contributes to sponsored research projects; manages the development of the Research KnowledgeBase; develops, organizes, and participates in educational sessions and workshops; and writes for APA publications. Mr. Morley also edits Zoning Practice.