Handbook of Planning Support Science
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Handbook of Planning Support Science

Edited by Stan Geertman and John Stillwell

Encompassing a broad range of innovative studies on planning support science, this timely Handbook examines how the consequences of pressing societal challenges can be addressed using computer-based systems. Chapters explore the use of new streams of big and open data as well as data from traditional sources, offering significant critical insights into the field.
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Chapter 10: Automated monitoring of planning policy: an overview of the journey from theory to practice

Claire Daniel


This chapter provides a review of developments in theory, methods and technology since the 1960s used in planning support systems for monitoring the implementation of planning policy. Monitoring is accepted in theory as an important step to improving planning decisions but, in practice, ongoing monitoring and post-implementation evaluation of planning policy has been largely neglected. Improvements to computing power and Internet speeds, together with technological advances in the fields of geographic information systems, artificial intelligence and automated image recognition make it feasible to track urban change in a relatively automated fashion, allowing planners to respond to problems and improve urban outcomes. However, examples from professional practice in the UK, the USA and Australia show more work needs to be done to integrate these technologies into the planning process, including the development of data standards and mechanisms to encourage open source and collaborative development of software tools.

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