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Resources for ENVD 3122: Research Issues and Methods for Planning

Land Use Resources

Transportation Issues
  • Colorado Department of Transportation This web site gathers materials on transportation in Colorado.
    • Travel Information Use this tab to find information on
    • Planning and Construction Use this tab to find corridor studies, research publications, and state/regional planning information, including minutes of the Statewide Transportation Advisory Committee (STAC).
      • MPO and Regional Planning Colorado has 15 Transportation Planning Regions. The 5 urban TRPs are known as Metropolitan Planning Organizations, and there are links to all 5 on this page.
      • 2035 Regional Plans are available in full-text. Most have been finalized. Many have direct links to Public Participation comments. If the one you are interested in doesnt have this link, try looking at the Table of Contents for the entire plan to locate the section for these comments.
    • Stats and Data Data include traffic volumes, summary roadway statistics, highway attributes, and some demographics.
  • Denver Regional Council Of Governments DRCOG is an association of local governments within these 9 counties: Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Denver, Douglas, Gilpin, and Jefferson.
  • Regional Transportation District RTD was created in 1959 to plan and build a public transportation system for a 7-county service area, which includes all of Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, and Jefferson counties and parts of Adams, Arapahoe, and Douglas. For information on projects, facts, etc., click on the Facts\Projects\Criteria menu on the left. From there locate information on current RTD plans and design criteria.
Demographic/Economic Data
  • American Factfinder This is the main web site for data from the Census Bureau. The majority of what you are looking for can be found by using the Fact Sheet box and putting in your city and state.
    What you may want to use this for: This is a good source for current data. You can find demographic data, including population, social, economic, and housing characteristics.
    Some considerations: The default data for most communities is from the American Community Survey, which is more current then the 2000 census data but has some issues—the biggest consideration being that it does not count "group quarters" yet. This means that people living in dorms, apartments, retirement homes, prisons, etc. are not being counted in the American Community Survey. This will be solved by 2010, but until then keep this problem in mind.
  • Social Explorer CU This database allows you to create maps and work with Decennial Census data going back to 1790 .
    What you may want to use this for: This is a good source for looking at trend data. You can find demographic data, including population, social, economic, and housing characteristics.
  • Business Patterns This website connects to county, ZIP code, and metro business patterns. These sources include information on the total number of establishments, mid-March employment, first quarter and annual payroll, and number of establishments.
  • Statistical Abstract of the United States This site links to tables for data collected for the US, by all the various agencies. You can browse using the topic areas on the left, or search using the search box on the left. My favorite feature is that you can actually follow the link at the bottom of a table to more data. For example, if you go to this table on organic farming: http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/tables/08s0804.pdf, at the bottom of the table is the citation with a live link to the Department of Agriculture page with more data, with different granularity (by state).
Environmental Resources
  • Environmental Protection Agency
    • Window to My Environment The interactive map feature shows the location of regulated facilities, monitoring sites, water bodies, population density, and other information. Your Environment provides selected geographic statistics about a community, with an interface to the TRI Explorer. Your Window links to information for community facts, as well as providing an interface to the Envirofacts database.
    • Search your community This web page lets you search for facilities, energy, air, UV, watershed, and air issues by ZIP code.
    • Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO) Use ECHO to determine whether compliance inspections have been conducted by EPA or state/local governments, violations were detected, and enforcement actions were taken and penalties were assessed.
Articles/Books and more on your Topic
  • LexisNexis Academic CU Local newspapers are a great source of information on planning issues for the community. Note: Although LexisNexis is generally the best source for newspapers, check Chinook to confirm that this is the database with access to your local paper.
  • Chinook This is the library catalog. This is a great source of materials such as Colorado government studies on transportation, books on issues such as mass transit, and much more.
  • Research and Subject Guides Database This is a collection to all the guides in the library, including the one for this class. You can find information on how to use databases, how to cite material, and how to start your research.
Citing your Work

  • RefWorks
    RefWorks is a database that lets you save your citations and then format them in the style of your choice. Check out this quick guide for help using this resource.
  • Citing Sources
    This guide goes over the various formats you can use to cite material as well as providing links to quick citation sheets.
Need more help?

We are always happy to answer questions or set up appointments to have a more in-depth discussion of your research.

Jennie Gerke Leanne Walther Salem Martin GovPubs Reference
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