Friday, February 19, 2016

Nunckatessett Greenway Parcel Project

This has been one of the more difficult maps that I have ever made on ArcMap. 

There is a group of people from Bridgewater, Massachusetts who have proposed that a Greenway be built through the towns of Bridgewater and West Bridgewater along the Town River. This Greenway would be called the Nunckatessett Greenway and would serve both communities as a walking/biking/running/exploration trail. The goal of the Nunckatessett Greenway project is to promote the natural resources that our around us in the town and bring more businesses and attract more visitors with what the Greenway has to offer. 

This project has been ongoing for the past 10 years and this year the plan is picking up speed with the interest of both town governments. 

For this project, we were asked to find parcels in Bridgewater and West Bridgewater that met criteria for the Greenway and give them a number of 1 if they met that criteria, or 0 if they did not. The criteria were as follows: parcels located within 600 feet of the river, parcels located within 600 feet of a river access point, parcels designated as an area of environmental concern (ex. wetlands, woodlands), parcels that are owned by the state, town, or United States government, and finally parcels with land use codes such as hiking, biking, retail space, residential, recreation...In total we had 7 different criteria that we had to search for in each town's attribute table. Once all of this data was coded, a column titled "Sum" was created so that we could see how many different criteria each parcel met. 

The map below is showing each parcel that either meets, no criteria, 1 criteria, 2, 3, or 4 criteria. It is colored using the gray scale, darker gray meaning that parcel meets more criteria. Along with this map, a table of the parcel ID and the owners of each parcel has been created so that the next step in creating this Greenway can be reached by getting in contact of the parcel owner's and explaining the proposed Nunckatessett Greenway to them. 

To learn more about the Nunckatessett Greenway Project please visit their website here

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