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Our Town: How GIS Tamed the Overdevelopment Beast
Track:  State and Local Government
Author:   Patrick O'Brien

Located in one of New England's fastest-growing regions, the town of Franklin, Massachusetts, has experienced severe development pressures, reaching a peak with double-digit growth rates in the 1990s. The town imposed a building moratorium and launched a comprehensive growth management study including a pacel-based build-out analysis using ARC/INFO and ArcView GIS software. Assessor and Building Department databases where used along with the GIS parcel base to define a set of developable parcels. Various environmental and geometric factors were then incorporated to determine potential build-out scenarios. We will discuss the methodologies used, as well as the complications posed by data accuracy.

Patrick O'Brien
Des Lauriers & Associates, Inc.
40 Kenwood Circle
Franklin, MA02038

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