Long Island’s First Waterfront Zoning and Uses GIS Inventory: A Research Database Providing Geographic Context to Regional and Local Planning on Long Island
The Long Island Regional Planning Council has partnered with LiRo GIS to create a comprehensive inventory of waterfront zoning and uses on Long Island. The objective was to develop a centralized geodatabase of zoning classifications and associated waterfront activities, including marinas and commercial fishing. The Inventory provides a never-before-available resource for exploring the complex mosaic of Long Island’s waterfront development at any scale from the regional to parcel level.
The study area encompassed parcels within a quarter-mile buffer from the coastline, spanning 79 local government jurisdictions in Nassau and Suffolk Counties jurisdictions across Nassau and Suffolk Counties including: 2 Cities, 13 Towns, and 64 Villages. These jurisdictions had various zoning categorizations, resulting in nearly 600 unique zoning designations. The collaboration between LIRPC and LiRo GIS has resulted in a valuable GIS-based database that can be applied in development, planning, or economic studies.