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How the DMP Platform Helps the Terner Center at UC Berkeley Address California’s Housing Crisis

May 6, 2019
Government, Success Story
By: Jason Holte

UC Berkeley’s Terner Center for Housing Innovation is working with state policymakers to develop housing policy recommendations that help solve the state’s housing crisis.

The State of California has been in the midst of a housing crisis for many years now, with a lag in home production leading to a sharp rise in the cost of homes. The effects of California’s housing crisis are far-reaching. Middle-class homeowners typically have to commute long distances from affordable homes to get to their jobs, and the majority of lower-income paychecks often go toward escalating rents. As a result, state policymakers are under pressure to find effective and sustainable solutions.

UC Berkeley Campus | How LandVision Helps the Terner Center Influence State Housing Policy

We spoke with Dr. Carolina Reid, Assistant Professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning at UC Berkeley and Faculty Advisor for the Terner Center for Housing Innovation. Dr. Reid assists with the design and execution of the Center’s research agenda and portfolio, and she shared how her team uses our map-based real estate application, LandVision™, to gather and analyze land data.

UC Berkeley’s Terner Center for Housing Innovation Impacts Housing Policy

The Terner Center for Housing Innovation at UC Berkeley has a mission to develop sustainable, affordable housing strategies for people throughout California and across the nation. They do this by conducting in-depth research aimed at generating constructive, practical strategies for public policymakers. The Terner Center leverages LandVision to develop strategic plans and tools to address California’s housing crisis, helping policymakers rethink the built environment.

Terner Center initiatives and objectives include integrating residential production and environmental goals while improving affordability and equity. They aim to develop strategies that will make homes and communities more affordable, resilient, and efficient. Ultimately, Terner Center achievements will also have a global impact as their solutions have a positive effect on the spaces in which people live and work on a day-to-day basis.

Conduct Effective Research with Complete Property Datasets in One Place

Informing state-level policy around housing supply requires the Center to have access to complete, accurate location-based datasets. Prior to using LandVision, the Terner Center did not have one complete database to access and analyze land data. Because the Terner Center had to collect data from disparate sources, it was challenging and time-consuming to acquire and validate the information needed to conduct dynamic analysis.

“Before using LandVision, we did not have one complete database of zoning patterns, land characteristics, or property ownership,” says Dr. Reid. “LandVision provides critical housing and land use data in one place so it’s easier to analyze.”

LandVision provides a map-based visualization of complete property and location data, allowing the Terner Center to easily research existing land use and how that could potentially lead to housing solutions. Dr. Reid’s team is now able to review comprehensive data within a single application, including land use, zoning, demographics, hazards, and more. Additionally, Dr. Reid’s team receives hands-on customer support to ensure they are maximizing their use of LandVision.

“The DMP customer success team was very helpful with onboarding and showing us how the data is structured,” Reid says. “They made sure we were interpreting the data correctly. We also take advantage of the application to visualize data quickly before we run our analyses.”

Analyze Data that Leads to Impactful Housing Policy Decisions

LandVision makes it easy for the Center to draw conclusions and policy recommendations from location-based data that can be directly applied to decision-making. For example, current legislation is looking at relaxing zoning constraints at high-quality transit stops. Using LandVision, Dr. Reid’s team is able to visualize the associated data before running their analysis.

By modeling this scenario and analyzing it using LandVision, Dr. Reid’s team is able to assess how much new housing development would be possible if this legislation were to pass. The Terner Center is able to simultaneously search multiple datasets to develop unique insights and make data-driven decisions that directly impact housing policy.

“The data provided by LandVision is important for our models and analysis,” Dr. Reid explains. “It allows us to bring data-backed evidence to the policy-making process, which is critical for addressing California’s severe housing crisis.”

Thank you to UC Berkeley’s Terner Center for Housing Innovation

Our thanks to Dr. Carolina Reid for sharing how LandVision helps UC Berkeley’s Terner Center for Housing Innovation achieve research objectives. We look forward to witnessing the Center’s continued positive impact in alleviating California’s housing crisis.   

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