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The interactive tools presented on this page are designed to help inform users about various Livable Centers concepts.
Blue Map has a new name: ACE: Activity-Connectivity Explorer. ACE (Summary Viewer or Advanced Viewer) is a mapping application to identify existing activity center(s) based on density and connectivity index using a hexagonal grid system. There are six indicators to measure density and connectivity: Household, Household Population, Jobs, Activity Population, Job/Household Balance, and Number of Intersections.
ACE- Summary Viewer
ACE - Advanced Viewer
The Livable Centers Benefits Calculator is a sketch planning tool that demonstrates the potential benefits, as measured by mode shift, which could occur from the presence of centers in a region. The tool demonstrates the potential impact of centers of varying sizes and densities on mode share. Please view the user's guide.
The Connectivity Tool is a sketch planning tool that helps answer the question of what level of road connectivity is needed at various levels of density in order to maintain transportation levels of services. The tool provides the user with the road spacing or land miles needed. A second application within the tool allows the user to analyze how much the addition of parallel collectors would reduce traffic on the arterial. The user’s guide for the tool also contains recommendations to improve development connectivity.
The Fiscal Impact Model is a tool that allows local governments to estimate potential revenues and economic impact associated with creating Livable Centers. Inputs include tax rates and use types (residential, commercial, etc) and outputs potential fiscal revenues for the local government stemming from the inputted project. The user’s guide for the fiscal impact model also contains recommendations for overcoming fiscal implementation obstacles to creating centers.
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