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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Schroeder, George Wittman
Author's Email Address gschroed@vt.edu
URN etd-06072002-135724
Title Multiuse Corridor Master Planning: Integrating Infrastructure and Open Space Planning
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Landscape Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Bryant, Margaret M. Committee Chair
Kark, Warren R. Committee Member
Katen, Brian F. Committee Member
  • green infrastructure
  • utilities
  • corridor
  • open space planning
  • greenways
Date of Defense 2002-05-07
Availability unrestricted

Multiuse Corridor Master Planning: Integrating Infrastructure and Open Space Planning

By George W. Schroeder

Infrastructure and open space planning can be brought together to create a system of multiuse corridors that accommodate multiple types of infrastructure, recreation trails and open space, while protecting natural resources. Some of the potential benefits of this system is more efficient use of fewer utility easements, a more comprehensive open space system that can be paid for by utility users, and less environmental damage from utility placement. A multiuse corridor planning process is described that is meant to be used by a multiple disciplinary team to plan for infrastructure and open space in the context of town, city or region. This process inventories all human infrastructure such as roads, waterlines, and electric and natural infrastructure, such as streams, rivers, forests, wetlands, and geologic features. An assessment is made on what areas are most likely to need infrastructure in the future and a conceptual plan is put together to best serve those needs. A conceptual open space plan is created to serve the needs of future development areas. The infrastructure and the open space plans are woven together using routing guidelines and typical multiuse corridor sections to best design these multiuse corridors. This thesis brings together infrastructure and open space planning at the city and regional level.

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