Participatory GIS for growth management in the Cheat Lake Planning District of Monongalia County, West Virginia [electronic resource] /
Participatory GIS for Growth Management in the Cheat Lake Planning District of
Monongalia County, West Virginia
Timothy L. Hawthorne
Participatory Geographic Information Systems (PGIS) can be an effective methodology
for collecting public input in local land use planning and smart growth management.
PGIS-based approaches provide residents with an opportunity to discuss and map their
priority land use issues and to identify land use hotspots in a way that is not typically
possible in a general public meeting. This thesis research explores how community
qualitative information about land use can be incorporated into a PGIS for the Cheat Lake
Planning District of Monongalia County, West Virginia. The research presented in this
thesis demonstrates how qualitative information strengthens land use planning and
improves communication about smart growth management options at the local level.
Multimedia information, such as community narratives, mental maps, and geo-referenced
photographs are collected using qualitative research methods and combined with existing
geo-spatial information in order to shape future political discussions about land use
planning in the case study area.
School:West Virginia University
School Location:USA - West Virginia
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:land use geographic information systems
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