ULAM is one of the many products developed by:  
     Transportation Planning Services, Inc.   
     For more info about ULAM contact Mike Brown at 
     Telephone (954) 782-8550   
     email TPS.Mike.Brown@comcast.net

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Urban Land Use Allocation Model  
The Urban Land Use Allocation Model (ULAM) is a land use planning package used for a variety of planning applications in addition to the allocation of future growth. All ULAM programs are accessed through a series of Windows based "point and click" menus. At the top of each menu or sub-menu are pull-down menus used to access the on-line documentation. From the main menu the user can access the ULAM reference library which provides access to all the documentation and reference materials.  

ULAM can be used to create and evaluate alternative land use scenarios such as comparing compact development patterns versus urban sprawl patterns. This can be done by editing the land use densities within a selected areas that are to be rezoned for compact development and then rerunning the allocation  model and comparing the results with the none compact development allocation runs. The user can also change the vacant acres file to more intense land uses in the compact development areas and less intense uses or open space in the other areas. Besides comparing the allocation results the user can compare the transportation impacts of these different scenarios because the model automatically produces files ready for direct input into the travel demand model.  

The impacts of changes in the transportation network on future land development patterns are reflected in the ULAM Real Estate Market Index. The model ranks each traffic zone for different types of development based upon travel time and accessability to major land use activity centers and based upon socio-economic conditions within a given travel time around each traffic zone. As the transportation network is changed, the travel time on the network changes which also changes the ranking of each traffic zone for different types of development. As an example if a new expressway is added to the network the travel time from those traffic zones around that expressway to major land use activity centers decreases making those traffic zones more accessible and giving them a higher ranking for most types of development. In addition the market area based upon travel time has increased in size, meaning more population and employees are within that market area or drive time of that traffic zone. The larger market area population and employment of that traffic zone makes that traffic zone more desirable for retail and other types of new development.  

Since it was first developed in 1996, ULAM has been used by over 22 local government agencies and a number of consulting firms in Florida and Tennessee for a wide range of  land use modeling applications. The ULAM software has been constantly changing and evolving to meet the planning needs of local and state agencies. The model has been customized in some cases to interface with other user software applications as needed. Special planning applications such as school enrollment projections, redevelopment planning, fiscal impact analysis etc. have also been developed for use with the ULAM model.  

TPS is available to assist the user with the installation, training and use of the ULAM model. TPS is also available as a consultant for conducting land use modeling studies or for the development of other planning related software applications.    

For More Information Contact Mike Brown at TPS.Mike.Brown@comcast.net    


ULAM 2009 
ULAM Version 09 is a combined parcel and traffic zone based allocation approach with significant improvements to the allocation process and an improved user interface to other ULAM planning applications to better interface with ArcGIS 9.3. 


ULAM 2011 
ULAM Version 11 is designed for use with the Windows 7 operating system on 64 bit machines and with ArcGIS 10.0 .  For additional information on the status of the new model contact Mike Brown at TPS.