The StateStat Blog
The Chesapeake Science and Security Corridor’s (CSSC) myReGIS application was designed to serve three states, seven counties, and countless municipalities in addressing the complex land use planning needs associated with Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) at Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG). In addition, myReGIS is a tool being used by new and existing BRAC impacted businesses and residents to identify quality of life elements such as growth areas, available services, transportation needs, education institutions, etc. Regional land use planning data featured in this application helps support the APG mission and strengthens the CSSC’s relationship with the installation, regional planners, and residents.
Maryland’s Department of Housing and Community Development’s (DHCD) Housing Mapper was designed to help identify information concerning Smart Growth Areas and various other State designations in a quick and easy fashion. Information sometimes varies from program to program, and applicants for DHCD programs often had to track down designations through sister State agencies. Housing Mapper will significantly streamline and consolidate these processes by enabling a user to input a specific street address to receive immediate information on whether the location or applicant is in a designated area and DHCD program eligibility.
DHCD Mapper also includes a Multifamily Proximity Report. This tool allows users to input an address and a distance radius to generate a map detailing the location of all DHCD multifamily rental housing projects in that user-defined area. The Multifamily Proximity Report is intended to provide rental housing developers a snapshot of the State-funded rental housing available in a given area in order to assist them in deciding upon appropriate site locations for proposed projects.
The State of Maryland in conjunction with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has been systematically updating Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) for communities over the past several years. Maryland’s Flood Risk Application helps citizens determine their current flood risk based on effective Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs), and assess future flood risk based on preliminary Digital FIRMs (DFIRMs). The application will also prompt users to launch a Flood Risk Guide, which will help users determine whether flood insurance is required or recommended for their property and how to obtain insurance if they do not already have it.
MERLIN Online (Maryland’s Environmental Resources and Land Information Network) is a one-stop shop for environmental resources data in Maryland. MERLIN Online allows a user to create a map for any location in Maryland, including their choice of base map and user selectable data. Users can point a location on the map and receive information about that site. Another powerful feature of the system is access to information that helps to better understand the data being viewed, such as the origin of the data, how it was created, accuracy and age. MERLIN Online was developed to help users make better informed decisions.
The Stream Health map provides Maryland’s citizens with a tool for reviewing the health of their local stream, or any stream statewide that has been part of sampling and evaluation efforts. Additionally, information is provided on the presence or absence of stream buffers and the amount of impervious surface – two important determinants of stream health.
In 2009, Governor O’Malley launched the Marylanders Plant Trees Initiative to encourage citizens and organizations to partner with the State to plant new trees. The Marylanders Plant Trees map is a tool that allows users to see the number, type, and location of trees that have been planted as part of this initiative.
The Coastal Atlas is a tool that allows state and local decision-makers to visually analyze and explore data for coastal and ocean planning activities. To ensure the protection of Maryland’s critical ocean and estuarine resources and the coastal economies that depend on them, the Coastal Atlas has been developed to provide direct access to available data needed for coastal and ocean planning efforts. From finding the best location for renewable energy projects to determining the most sensitive coastal lands requiring conservation or restoration to helping local communities identify areas vulnerable to sea level rise and erosion – the Coastal Atlas will assist users in identifying potential threats, opportunities or conflicts so that they can be addressed early in the planning process.
The Coastal Atlas is comprised of three separate mapping tools for the Ocean, Shorelines and Estuaries.
Ocean – Allows users to view ocean data and access tools to understand and balance multiple ocean uses, including shipping, offshore renewable energy, recreation and fishing. Ocean data includes:
- Marine Jurisdictions
- Human Uses – shipping, recreation
- Biological resources – SAV, salt marsh, waterbird density
- Ocean shoals
- Artificial reefs
- Offshore wind resources
Shorelines – Allows users to access state shoreline erosion data, visualize coastal inundation from storms and identify areas at risk to sea level rise. Shorelines data includes:
- Historic Shorelines and Shoreline Rates of Change
- Sea Level Rise Vulnerability
- Wetlands Vulnerable to Sea Level Rise
- Storm Surge
- Living Shorline Suitability
- Erosion Vulnerability (EVA)
Estuaries – Allows users to identify and access critical tidal and near-shore habitats for targeted conservation, protection and restoration activities such as tidal wetlands, priority finfish habitat and submerged aquatic vegetation. Estuaries data includes:
- Living Resources (habitat, shellfish, finfish spawning areas)
- Blue Infrastructure Near-shore Assessment Rankings
- Bay Soils
The Chesapeake & Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund provides resources for the control and abatement of nonpoint source pollution (nps). The Trust Fund Mapper was designed to allow the public to track implementation of locally driven nps reduction projects and strategies as well as locate these projects within their own watersheds and counties. Priority funding is given to those geographic areas with the highest nutrient loads to the Bay and these priority funding areas are also available through the Trust Fund Mapper.