Evaluating alternatives for coastal development
MetadataShow full item record
Providing for residential growth, fostering economic development, and protecting natural resources of coastal lands requires a balance between the built and non-built environment. A variety of factors come into play, including land values, the abundance of natural resources, real estate market trends, local ordinances, and community character. Tools that allow communities to analyze and visualize how such factors may play out are needed to help foster discussion and informed local decision making for managing coastal development. The "Alternatives for Coastal Development" Web site is one such tool, illustrating three hypothetical designs for a single development site in coastal Georgia. This collaborative project is designed to serve as an educational tool that the NOAA Coastal Services Center’s state-level partners can share with local constituencies. Included are conventional, new urbanist, and conservation development scenarios for the project site and a comparative analysis of selected components of each scenario produced with geographic information system (GIS)-based planning and visualization software. In the project Web site, GIS maps and a triad of environmental, economic, and social indicators measure differences among the alternatives presented. The indicators allow users to consider the overall benefits and costs associated with selected components of the three site designs, while the maps and three-dimensional representations help users visualize the impacts of various design components.