New site from VCU shows region from a ‘MetroView’

Area real estate agents, developers and planners have a new tool to track regional land use and development trends.

A new website developed by the VCU Center for Urban and Regional Analysis compiles land use data, demographics and other details for 24 counties and cities in Central Virginia, allowing users to analyze data over years and regardless of government boundaries or jurisdictions.

The interactive site, called “MetroView,” went live in December after years of research and data compilation. Users can customize an area they want to analyze or select data per county, and the website provides layers of information such as property assessments, development density and population statistics, as well as parcel-specific data such as property types and the year a building was built.