Introduction to Development Impact Analysis

Development Impact Analysis can be used to evaluate proposed developments and assess their impact on solar radiation, shadows, and viewsheds in a community.

It provides specialized workflows to produce information products for a comprehensive planning review. This optimized approach helps create powerful 3D visuals that can be used to inform stakeholders and improve public involvement in the development process. Development Impact Analysis is typically implemented by planning departments, design firms, and other local government agencies that want to create effective visualizations that highlight the impact of proposed developments.

The Development Impact Analysis solution delivers a set of capabilities that help you create solar radiation maps, evaluate how proposed developments will cast shadows on existing buildings, and review the impact on viewsheds.

Deploy the solution

This ArcGIS solution can be deployed in your ArcGIS organization.

Deploy the solution

See Deploying a solution for more information.


Development Impact Analysis requires the following:

  • ArcGIS Online
  • ArcGIS Pro 2.9 or later (Advanced)
    • ArcGIS 3D Analyst extension
    • ArcGIS Spatial Analyst extension

Information products

Development Impact Analysis includes the following information products:

ItemDescriptionMinimum user type

Solar Radiation Analysis

An ArcGIS Pro project used by government planners to calculate solar radiation maps for the wider community

GIS Professional Advanced

Shadow Impact Analysis

An ArcGIS Pro project used by government planners to evaluate the shadow impact of proposed or existing buildings on the surrounding community

GIS Professional Advanced

Visibility Analysis

An ArcGIS Pro project used by planners to assess the visibility from or visibility of a proposed development within the community

GIS Professional Advanced

When you deploy this solution in your ArcGIS organization, you also get an ArcGIS solution item that organizes the key information products and summarizes all the ArcGIS items (applications, forms, projects, maps, feature layers, feature layer views, and so on) included with the solution. The ArcGIS solution item also illustrates any dependencies items have on each other.

Release notes

The following are the release notes:

1.1 (Jul 2022)
  • A new Solar Radiation Analysis ArcGIS Pro project to support ArcGIS Pro 3.0.
  • A new Shadow Impact Analysis ArcGIS Pro project to support ArcGIS Pro 3.0.
  • A new Visibility Analysis ArcGIS Pro project to support ArcGIS Pro 3.0.
  • Added the ability to use integrated meshes as obstruction terrain in Visibility Analysis.
1.0 (Nov 2020)
  • First release of Development Impact Analysis