Lake Superior Decision Support Project focuses on the collaborative work
of the Center for Rural Design with the Natural Resources Research
Institute (NRRI) to create a Land Use Planning Primer for Lake
The primer consists of planning tools linked to geographic
information systems (GIS) data and maps to assist rural communities
situated in the Lake Superior Basin in preparing land use plan on a local
The primer is targeted for community leaders who are involved in
developing land use plans, comprehensive plans, or planning frameworks for
their communities, and secondly, those who work with rural communities on
design and planning.
The larger Lake Superior Decision Support Project was borne out of
several related issues:
demand on rural resources from tourism and leisure activities, demand for
forest products, and the impacts of these demands on the character,
and resources of rural communities
from local communities and planners for tools to develop land use plans
and global interests in protecting the ecological integrity of the Lake
recognition that one of the major impacts of increased resource use and
extraction is the cumulative effects of a large number of
small land use decisions spread across time and space
The Lake Superior Decision Support Project, through its GIS
data and maps and this primer, responded to these issues by providing
local communities and their governments with tools to more effectively
develop land use plans and their associated regulations which control the
day to day land use activities.
Partners in the project include University researchers from the
Center of Rural Design and the NRRI's Center for Water and the
Environment, community and local government officials and planners.
The Lake Superior Decision Support Project provides three tools
which could serve as models for use by other communities dealing with
issues of stewardship, sustainable uses of their communities, issues of
rural design, and the creations of land use plans.
The project's tools include: 1) a synoptic data base and
maps for the Lake Superior Basin available to local communities through
the Internet as well as other media, 2) a Land Use Planning Primer
also available through the Internet and other media, and 3) interactive
kiosks available at visitor centers as well as other educational
Check out the report:
Planning Primer for Lake Superior Basin Communities
PDF Format - 2.3 mB
This page last modified on August 3, 2010.