Explore The Twin Cities LEED ND Maps

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For a while I’ve been looking for a better way to display the maps I made for the LEED ND and Regional Planning series.  After some experimentation with the Google Maps API, I’ve got something functional.  There have been a few times when I’ve been presenting this topic and wished I had a way to pan around the metro and zoom in on specific areas.  This works well.

I haven’t quite figured out how to do a legend yet, so here’s the key: red areas are those place that are likely eligible for LEED ND based on the Smart Location and Linkage prerequisites. Areas in yellow may be eligible if the local comprehensive plan guiding (and accompanying zoning) were changed to allow density consistent with LEED ND requirements. View the map full screen.

For the full run-down on how I developed these maps, check out the whole LEED ND and Regional Planning series.

5 thoughts on “Explore The Twin Cities LEED ND Maps

    • Mike,

      The planned (and zoned) density of “institutional” uses likely varies quite a bit across the metro, so I was hesitant to say they were always eligible without changes in regulation. It is safe to assume that many colleges in the urban cores would be eligible.

      • Yeah, I got that sense after scrolling around the map for a while. Certainly some institutions are a lot more permeable than others, but that’s hard to define.

        In your estimation, would further iterations of the LEED-ND process end up reducing either the yellow or red areas, or would additional research generally end up increasing them?

        I guess I missed your Part 3 post from earlier. I’m glad to see how much of the area got trimmed down from your final graphic in Part 2 (that one was a bit scary). My gut feeling is that this is pretty close to being right, though it is a bit strange how some highway corridors and shopping malls get ranked so high (though I suppose LEED-ND is less about what’s there now than what could be in the future).

        • By “iterations” do you mean revisions to the rating system? In the past, it has been the USGBC’s practice to revise the building-related rating systems to have stricter standards as technologies improve. I’m not sure what they would do with LEED ND because the “performance” of neighborhoods doesn’t change that rapidly.

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