Land Use Planning Resources

Land Use Planning and Water Resources Dashboards

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant and Purdue Extension have developed County Land Use Planning and Water Resources Dashboards to help community leaders and residents better understand their natural resources at the county level, where many land-use decisions are made. These models are based on the work of several collaborators as part of the Tipping Point Planner decision support system. Dashboard profiles are available for all counties within Great Lakes states.

What you can do:

  • See land-use change forecasts for your county.
  • Identify the total amount and sub-types of open space in your county.
  • Identify the areas of prime farmland in your county.
  • Review a summary of water quality indicators for your county.
Tipping Point Planner County Planning Dashboard

Tipping Point Planner Model Resources

The following interactive dashboards allow investigation into several indicators of water quality at either HUC 8 or HUC 12 watershed scales. To dive deeper into any of the watersheds, consider visiting Tipping Point Planner and creating a project for the watershed of interest to you.

USGS Sparrow Model – Understand the sources and quantity of phosphorus in Great Lakes watersheds at the HUC 8 scale.

Stream Health Model – Identify the past and future IBI score of Great Lakes watersheds at the HUC 12 scale.

Spatially Explicit Nutrient Sources (SENS) Model – Explore the sources of phosphorus and nitrogen in Great Lakes watersheds at the HUC 12 level.

Impervious Surfaces Model – See the Great Lakes Watersheds at the HUC 12 scale that have the highest percentages of impervious surfaces.

Tipping Point Planner Model

Other Useful Tools

Tipping Point Planner Video Overviews – Introductions to science and models for land use and water quality.

US Census OnTheMap – Investigate a variety of geographies and their demographic and economic characteristics.

ESRI Tapestries – Investigate demographic characteristics by ZIP code.

NOAA Digital Coast – NOAA Digital Coast is host to a broad range of tools for environmental planning.

IndianaMAP – Indiana’s most comprehensive collection of free spatial data for online viewing or use with desktop software.