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Monday, October 15 • 10:15am - 10:45am
Visualizing Land Use Trends Using BI Tools

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Vermont is the third most forested of the lower 48 states with approximately 4.6 million acres of forestland. Despite being so heavily forested, for the first time in over a century Vermont is actually losing forest cover due to parcelization, subdivision, land clearing and development.
When forestland is broken up into smaller parcels from parcelization and subdivision, the result is typically an increase in the number of parcels with housing and infrastructure such as roads, septic and utility lines. When this development occurs, it “fragments” the landscape and can negatively affect plant and animal species, wildlife habitat and water quality. It can also affect the contiguous ownership and management of forest parcels, and thus the viability of large tracts of forestland to contribute to Vermont’s working forest economy.
In order to minimize the effects of parcelization and subdivision, it is necessary to understand where it is occurring, the rate at which it is occurring, and how it can be managed to reduce its impacts. To respond to this need, this project developed a database to track parcelization and subdivision rates in Vermont on an annual basis at the town, county, regional planning commission (RPC), and statewide levels.
Project partners created a database of parcels of land by size class and analyzed trends, such as ownership, use category, use value appraisal (current use) program enrollment status and the degree to which large parcels of land are being converted to smaller parcels of land at the town, county, regional and state levels.

The project culminated with the development of a website with interactive visualization tools allowing for the query, visualization, and mapping of the data. The interactive data report generator was developed using a combination of GIS tools, database tools, and Microsoft Power BI. This presentation will describe the process used to develop the database, website, and resulting interactive data visualization tools.

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Stephen Sharp

GIS Operations Manager, State of Vermont - VCGI
Steve is certified Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP) and Project Management Professional (PMP) with over 25 years of experience. Steve is currently the GIS Operations Manager at the Vermont Center for Geographic Information (VCGI).

Monday October 15, 2018 10:15am - 10:45am EDT
Newburyport - 1st Floor