Progress Report, 03/09/2015
So I haven’t been too good at keeping up the website, but I’ve been working hard behind the scenes and have been working on a new algorithm which extracts town-owned, vacant properties across the state that aren’t yet protected under Article 97.
The algorithm isn’t perfect–it generates empty datasets for some towns due to the fact that not all of the data is uniform across the state.
Nevertheless, I am happy to report that with about 1/6 of the towns in the state processed, I have identified over 3,000 vacant lots that are municipally owned and just waiting to be protected.
The total area of these lots is 8568 acres, or about 14 square miles.
I should note that only slightly less than half of these lots are in towns with Open Town Meetings–the rest are in jurisdictions where the protection process may not be as easy. I should also note that the datasets I’m working with may not be completely up-to-date, so many of the potential properties may already be protected, or may already have a designated use.
If you see your town in dark green on the map (Lots Found, Open Town Meeting), click here to see how you can protect land in your town, and please contact me if you are interested in investigating the conservation status of properties in your town!
I don’t have any plans to make the whole dataset public, but if you are an educator, student, or conservationist, I’d be delighted to share with you the full data for your town or region.
With apologies to residents of Yarmouth–the processing runs smoothest when done alphabetically.
I’ll be updating the map as frequently as I can.