The Economic Impact Of Visualization On The Land Development Entitlement Process
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This thesis is concerned with measuring the economic impact of supplemental visualization. Specifically, this study measures the value of design illustrations during the entitlement phase of land development projects. It seeks to discover if, and by how much, supplemental visualization can enhance project profit by linking visualization to time and project costs. The use and effectiveness of supplemental visualization was examined through a literature review, the development of a survey questionnaire, and the analysis of the information acquired. The literature review provided contextual insight into the entitlement process. The survey collected and compiled required information from practicing entitlement professionals. Time was then quantified and assigned a monetary value. Correlation analysis was used to determine if the use of supplemental visualization (illustrations created beyond those required in typical applications) decreased the amount of time needed for entitlement project approval. Land development entitlement projects can have many names, but they are commonly known as planned unit developments, special exceptions, zoning cases, or re-zonings. For this study, they include any project that changes one land use or zoning classification to another. The study was generally focused on projects in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States.