Departmental Papers (City and Regional Planning)

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

September 1995


Reproduced with permission of the copyright owner. Further reproduction prohibited without permission. Published in Journal of the American Planning Association, Volume 61, Issue 4, Autumn 1995, pages 438-457.


The California Urban Futures Model (or CUF Model) is the first of a new generation of metropolitan planning models designed to help planners, elected officials, and citizen groups create and compare alternative land-use policies. This article explains how the CUF Model works and then demonstrates its use in simulating realistic alternatives for regional and subregional growth policy/planning. Part One explains the design principles and logic of the CUF Model. Part Two presents CUF Model simulation results of three alternatives for growth policy/ land-use planning alternatives for the San Franciso Bay and Sacramento areas. Part Three demonstrates the use of the CUF Model for evaluating alternative agricultural protection and zoning policies at the county, or sub-regional, level.



Date Posted: 27 November 2007

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