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Land Use

Land Use imageSEMCOG's 2008 land use data provides a general snapshot of land use in Southeast Michigan in the spring of 2008.  This new land use data set is a departure from previous land use/land cover data sets SEMCOG has produced in that it portrays land use only and not land cover.  Due to this difference, change analysis using this data set and previous SEMCOG land use/land cover datasets is not possible.

Previously, SEMCOG's land use/land cover data sets were created through manual digitization of aerial photography.  Our 2008 land use data was originally created by assigning a land use code to every land parcel across the region.  Parcels were assigned land use codes based upon assessed property classes with some limited manual inspections against current aerial imagery.  Once a generalized land use class was assigned, a dissolve process was utilized to remove any and all resemblance of the individual parcels - and their attributes - that were originally used to create this data.  This dissolve process was based upon the generalized land use class and the individual community identification code of each parcel.

The availability of this data allows SEMCOG and other agencies to monitor changes in land use, analyze trends, and formulate plans for infrastructure designed to service residential areas and activity centers.

Land Use Data

  • The 2008 land use data is available for download in a GIS format and as standard land use map from the Map Catalog.
  • The 2008 land use data can also be viewed as part of SEMCOG's interactive Transportation Data Map.
  • Community based tables of land use class acreages can be found within SEMCOG's Community Profiles.

Other Useful Land Use Links

  • AgileGov - Local government efficiency and collaboration project descriptions related to brownfields, public works, land use and environment, and parks and recreation from the AgileGov database.
  • Low Impact Development - SEMCOG is actively involved in assisting our members with stormwater management activities through low impact development (LID).  The LID database provides information to assist communities interested in implementing LID techniques by providing specific case studies on these techniques.