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Tuesday, October 18 • 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Technical Session. Prioritizing Land Acquisition

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AUTHORS: Gary Prahm, Cape Cod Commission

ABSTRACT: The Cape Cod Commission (CCC) GIS Department collects geospatial data and performs analysis for the County of Barnstable, Cape Cod’s municipalities, and non-profit agencies. Recently completed analysis is being promoted to conservationists to maximize the benefits of their preservation efforts related to purchasing open space. Towns voted to establish a land bank (1999-2005) to acquire land “for the protection of public drinking water supplies, open space, and conservation land, the creation of walking and bicycling trails, and the creation of recreational areas”. The land bank is now the Community Preservation Act.The CCC’s Regional Policy Plan and Development of Regional Impact reviews contain regulations to ensure that adverse impacts to wetlands and wildlife habitat are avoided, and that development proposed on undeveloped land requires acquisition of land with high natural resource values.As funds to purchase and protect land becomes scarce, conservation agencies need to prioritize purchasing undeveloped parcels that have the highest resource protection value.The Commission has long had natural resource maps to aid in evaluating land, but GIS capabilities allowed parcels to be prioritized with a count of the number of desired factors that overlay each individual parcel. This score helps rank the value of potential purchases.


Tuesday October 18, 2016 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Nauset I

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