The Land Policy Institute, in partnership with the Construction Management Program in the MSU School of Planning, Design and Construction, conducted a pilot project to determine the feasibility of an integrated asset management system that simultaneously assesses land use conditions, such as property vacancy, and conditions of underground water infrastructure. Objectives of this approach included:
- Assessing the condition of existing water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure in neighborhoods with large or growing abandonment, as well as the physical and socio-economic characteristics of those areas, using The Green Zone in Saginaw, MI, as a case study;
- Creating a pilot integrated model that helps identify opportunities for more sustainable infrastructure and land use planning based on infrastructure condition and practical service considerations; and
- Evaluating the feasibility of integrated planning alternatives. Infrastructure alternatives include best technologies for repairing, decommissioning and repurposing. Land use alternatives include options for repurposing vacant lands for short-, medium- or long-term use, and incorporating sustainable considerations (e.g., new urban parks, stormwater retention).
This pilot project was a way to lay the foundation for additional analysis, tool development and outreach that will help legacy cities to address a variety of issues related to managing large, old underground infrastructure systems.
- Legacy Cities Webinar on Mar. 18, 2016.
- Presentation of preliminary results at the Innovations in Collaborative Modeling Conference on Jun. 4, 2015.