Full Circle is an asset mapping and community planning tool that empowers communities to collect real-time data for planning projects.
The project has three main objectives: 1) to ensure that neighborhood concerns are fully articulated within the larger public planning process; 2) to give local residents access to the best planning tools and processes; and 3) to establish mechanisms for a continuous exchange of data, ideas, goals, and intentions between community residents, local groups, policy makers, and planners. The project is driven by the belief that good planning requires input from local community stakeholders.
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About Full Circle
The Full Circle community mapping and planning project was launched in early 2004 with support from a Technology Opportunities Program (TOP) grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Commerce. The purpose of the Full Circle project is to empower local communities to plan their future development. The project includes a strong technology component, but also emphasizes interaction between local and regional planning/development entities, so that local agencies can bette runderstand the mandates of regional ones, and vice-versa.
CMAP's Full Circle project puts informational capacity in the hands of planning and development agencies (both governmental and community-based). These partners can gather detailed data about their localities - block by block, parcel by parcel, business by business. In December 2004, the MacArthur Foundation invested in a pilot project to integrate the Full Circle system into the New Communities Program (NCP), a neighborhood revitalization initiative. That pilot was deemed to be successful and led to further investments by the Foundation. In 2006, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) engaged CMAP to extend the Full Circle system to southern Cook County, where three suburban municipalities participated in planning and development projects with Full Circle support.
The Full Circle system is now implemented in more than 20 communities in Chicago and Cook County. In 2006, the American Planning Association presented CMAP's Full Circle with an award for "Best Use of Technology to Improve a Plan or Planning Process." CMAP has presented its Full Circle experiences at the Brookings Institution, the Urban Institute in Washington, the annual conference of Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA), and at universities and civic organizations across the Chicago region. In July 2007, the City of Chicago passed a resolution commending CMAP and its partners in Uptown for the business survey conducted there.
Typical uses for the Full Circle system include:
Land use inventory: commercial, industrial, vacant, and other uses
Jobs: business attraction and retention
Housing: inventory of existing units, identify parcels for development
Transit: transit-oriented development
Emergency preparedness: rapid site assessment, situational awareness, location of medical facilities, etc.
Preservation: historic sites and environmental assets
Public health: map medical facilities, healthy food, recreation, health messages (billboards), crash sites, toxic sites, liquor/cigarettes/junk food