Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (BS)


Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning


Open spaces are a valuable amenity that people often overlook. Open spaces allow for a system of water treatment, wildlife habitat, agricultural production, and recreation destinations. Too often, however, open space systems are systematically devoured by development with little regard of what that can mean for the future of a community. This thesis suggests that when open space systems are analyzed as having structure, shape, and a dynamic nature, interconnected with development, then an explanation of how it transforms and evolves can emerge. This thesis seeks to present a new method of describing open space change through understanding development trends through time in Cache Valley, Utah. Utilizing Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and parcel data, this thesis presents and analyzes various methods of describing open space change. Through developing a method of describing open space, then trends, development pressures, and potential areas for open space recovery can be identified and informed decisions can be made about development patterns in the future.


This work made publicly available electronically on September 16, 2011.



Faculty Mentor

Carlos Licon