GIS Modeling and Analytics in Regional Planning

Toolbox Tuesday


SCAG, as a nation’s largest Metropolitan Planning Organization, is responsible for developing long-range plans for a region encompassing 6 counties and 191 cities. To support its regional planning process, SCAG develops regional geospatial dataset that are utilized in assessing how well the region is moving forward on implementing policies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions as well as determine future mobility, environmental, housing and economic challenges. SCAG’s regional geospatial dataset includes not only the parcel-based land use data of general plan, specific plan, zoning and existing land use information (over 5 million parcels in the region), but also growth, resource areas, transportation and other value-added geospatial products. To handle its large-scale data, SCAG streamlined the geospatial data processing and visualization workflow by leveraging ArcGIS with GIS programming, which offers benefits in time and cost savings as well as data quality and standardization.

In this session, speakers will share their experiences and best practices in utilizing ArcGIS and GIS programming to streamline SCAG’s geospatial data development, spatial analysis and visualization process. This session will also provide demos on how to leverage Python and other programming tools in streamlining the GIS workflow, such as regional land use data processing and Data/Map Book productions.

Toolbox Tuesdays provide training on a range of practical skills and knowledge for local planning practitioners including training in the use of technology and education for practical approaches to timely issues. All classes and webinars are COMPLIMENTARY for staff of SCAG-member local governments and other SCAG partners in Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura Counties. Private sector planners, non-profit staff, academics and students are welcome to attend.


SCAG, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, is committed to providing special accommodations and translation services to those who are interested in participating in the events. We ask that you provide your request for special accommodations or translation services at least 72 hours prior to the event so that SCAG has sufficient time to make arrangements. Please contact