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Thursday, May 23 • 2:30pm - 2:45pm
The Land Use Mapping Tool: The Arcpy Mapping Module in a Land Use Planning Context

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Land use planners are also cartographers, mapping projects in relation to regulated areas such as streams, wetlands, shoreline buffers, and geologic hazards. Planners also serve as liaisons between project proponents, other agencies with jurisdiction, and the public. Information concerning location, physiographic setting, and relevant jurisdictional boundaries is disseminated to these stakeholders electronically, often with GIS generated maps. However, many planners are cartographers by circumstance rather than by training. Map generation by less experienced GIS users can be time consuming and error prone, while producing visually unpleasant maps. The arcpy mapping module provides a possible solution to these issues, providing quickly generated, accurate, and visually pleasing maps for dissemination during project review. In the Kittitas County jurisdiction of Washington, the Land Use Mapping Tool has been developed, allowing fast, efficient generation of project maps. The process uses a layerfile and server location as inputs and applies a python function to test whether project boundaries intersect regulated areas. Areas intersecting project areas are mapped, while certain areas maps are exported regardless of intersection to provide necessary information to project reviewers and the public. Tools such as the Land Use Mapping Tool demonstrate the power and versatility of automated cartography in land use planning contexts.


Dusty Pilkington

I recently completed a Master of Science degree in Cultural and Environmental Resource Management at Central Washington University, titled "Two Post-Glacial Fire Records at the Wildland-Urban Interface, Eastern Cascades, Washington". The work involves using charred particle analysis... Read More →

Thursday May 23, 2019 2:30pm - 2:45pm
GTCC RM 318 Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402

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