Last Thursday, the Heart and Soul Project organized a webinar demonstration of CommunityViz software. The webinar was shown at Hotchkiss Town Hall, Paonia Town Hall, NFRIA-WSERC Conservation Center and the Delta County GIS department.
The software is the flagship product for Placeways LLC in Boulder that specializes in interactive tools for geographic decisions. CommunityViz is the result of a collaboration between Placeways and the Orton Family Foundation, a non-profit which oversees Heart and Soul.
According to the Placeways website, CommunityViz is used "throughout North America and the world for scenario-based land-use planning and 3D visualization." With the software, users can create overlays and modeling of various scenarios for planning, the effects of zoning and population growth.
The webinar, conducted by Doug Walker of Placeways and Amy Anderson for Orton, provided three demonstrations of how the software was used by planners in Victor, Idaho, the initial groundwork for utilization in Paonia, if approved, and how to create 3D scenes.
Paonia town clerk Barbara Peterson provided feedback that while the software is "neat," the expense is not justified.
Walker said when people in Victor, Idaho, saw the scenarios of how their town could be changed, some realized they needed to think more about what they wanted their community to look like in 20 to 30 years.
Use of the CommunityViz software does require compatibility with other software. Walker said Placeways is continually updating its software.
If planners wanted to see the visual impact of air and water quality and drought scenarios, CommunityViz can demonstrate that visually, but not quantitatively. For example, fog could be added to a scene to show air pollution or crops could be shown in different colors to represent healthy crops versus drought-damaged crops.
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