Rural Land Use Mapping by Satellite: A Case Study of Region D COG, North Carolina Public Deposited

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  • Reiman, Richard J.
    • Other Affiliation: Planner, Region D Council of Governments, Boone, NC
  • Orsbon, Benjamin T.
    • Other Affiliation: Executive Policy Aide, Natural Resources, South Dakota State Planning Bureau (and Former Regional Planner with the Region D Council of Governments, Boone, NC)
  • One of the most important pieces of data necessary to develop an adequate analytical base for most land use and other natural resource planning is an existing land use map. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), through its "701" comprehensive planning regulations, mandated that all applicants for HUD "701" funds have a substantially completed land use element prior to August 22, 1977. HUD "701" was one of the major sources of planning funds for the Region D Council of Governments. To comply with these regulations and continue to receive funds. Region D developed a regional land use plan for the 1,615,000 acres in its seven-county area in northwestern North Carolina. Because planning is a relatively new concept in western North Carolina, staff personnel were preoccupied with grantsmanship for local governments and land use and natural resource education programs. It was not feasible to employ additional staff on a short term basis because Region D received only $31,000 of HUD "701" funds. Yet, to comply with the federal regulations, an accurate existing land use map had to be acquired within the budgetary and time constraints.
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