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Geographic Information Systems

(GIS)-Based Land Use Suitability Study

Students: CE 250
Advisor: Clara Fang

Geographic Information Systems (GISs) are powerful tools enable virtually any type of spatially related information to be integrated, analyzed, displayed and disseminated.

A GIS analysis project was performed to develop a potential residential land use map for the Town of Marlborough. Marlborough is a largely residential town in Hartford County. The town has an impressive amount of available space for development. However, before building on a plot of land, developers must ensure that the land meets certain criteria such as parcels zoned for residential uses; parcels not already built on or parcels built on; and Land that does not fall within FEMA mapped flood Zones, etc.

The study used information from the Department of Environmental Protection, the Federal Emergency Management Association, and the Town of Marlborough. A variety of ArcGIS functions and GIS dataset characteristics have been explored.

This study resulted in a series of maps depicting which areas of Marlborough, CT are available for potential land use. The results also provided data which allows potential developers to compare Marlborough to other towns.