The Greenprints Project: Green Infrastructure Planning with GIS
Authors: Alison Bramlet
The Greenprints Project, initiated in 2007 by the Woodstock City Council and the Planning and Economic Development Department and led by Ecos Environmental Design of Atlanta, is a comprehensive park, trail and open space initiative that establishes a foundation and framework for the creation of a citywide green infrastructure system for Woodstock, Georgia.
Woodstock is a city with many assets, including a thriving historic downtown and close proximity to regional recreation destinations, but connectivity to these assets is lacking. Utilizing a community and resource based planning process, the Greenprints Project allows for community generated goals and feedback to guide analysis of the city's resources through the use of GIS. A Composite Conservation Priority Map, created with ArcGIS Spatial Analyst and ModelBuilder, establishes locational priorities for land conservation and greenspaces while visually representing opportunities for connectivity and serving as the base map for design of The Greenprints Plan.