In New York State, local boards are the primary decision-makers on issues of land use and development in their communities. Local boards have the authority and obligation to systematically consider environmental factors during the planning process and review of proposals.
The CCEDC GIS Lab helps local officials and volunteers use various free, on-line web mapping resources that identify site-specific environmental characteristics, and illustrate the larger context and significance of a property as related to a municipality and beyond. Viewing these resources on maps (building a natural resource inventory) can help guide a municipality's effort to encourage better site design and to protect environmental resources.
On Saturday, January 31st, CCEDC along with the Dutchess Land Conservancy and Dutchess County Planning, will be at the Red Hook Town Hall giving a presentation on Web-Mapping Resources for Municipal Officials. The training was offered last year in February (see below), and this year's presentation will cover many of the mapping resources discussed in the previous training, plus new material and discussions.
Resources for Training Participants:
Digital versions of the materials distributed to attendees at a joint training with Dutchess Land Conservancy in February 2014 are offered here to all municipal officials, volunteers, and residents of Dutchess County.