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We promote understanding of the built environment as part of the natural environment, through the planning methodology of the rural-to-urban transect.

The Center for Applied Transect Studies at www.transect.org promotes understanding of the built environment as part of the natural environment, through the planning methodology of the rural-to-urban transect. Transect-based plans and codes stop sprawl by protecting and creating compact, walkable neighborhoods while preserving open lands.

1. Auto-dependent sprawl has been exacerbated by single-use zoning, which separates Residential areas from Office and Retail.

2. In transect-based planning, these single-use zones are replaced by diverse habitat zones called Transect Zones.

3. A transect is a path or cut through the environment, used for sampling and organizing habitat elements. We sample streets, buildings, and plantings.

4. This provides the DNA for new transect-based plans and codes that protect and create compact, walkable neighborhoods while preserving open lands.

5. Visit the Center for Applied Transect Studies at www.transect.org for open source planning tools and education for your community and region.