Date of Award

Summer 1972

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Civil and Environmental Engineering

First Advisor

Sinha, Kumares C.

Second Advisor

Bauer, Kurt W.

Third Advisor

Hartman, Alois J.


This study deals with the problem of land use plan design. An efficient land use plan design model can provide a ready tool to achieve the optimal future plan for an urban area or a region through the satisfaction of the design constraints and at an optimum of public and private costs. After discussing the basic features of a land use plan design model the difficulties associated with an existing model procedure are examined. A simple procedure based on a random search technique is next evaluated in an effort to improve model operation. The validity of the random technique is established through a series of small scale controlled experiments with hypothetical areas. The controlled experiment procedure is also used to estimate the plan effectiveness parameters involving the random method. The random technique is next incorporated into a large-scale plan design model and a computer program is developed. The model is then applied to the Village of Germantown, Wisconsin in a model test. The results of the test indicate that the model is applicable in the level of operation, and it can be utilized as an efficient tool in the land use planning process.



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