2009 Ohio GIS Conference
Presentation Abstract and Biography

Assessing Development Pressure

Scott Snider, Knox County Map Department

Scott Snider is the GIS Supervisor for the Knox County Map Department in Mt Vernon. He is also currently serving as the Vice-chair for the Ohio Chapter of URISA. He earned his GISP credentials in the fall of 2008 shortly after being promoted from GIS Technician II from the same department. Scott earned his M.A. from Ohio University in Geography with focuses in GIS and Environmental Geography and his B.A. from Wittenberg University in Geography and Environmental Science.

Thursday, September 17, 2009 - 8:30 AM - Track 4

Assessing Development Pressure on Agriculture Land Using Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Easement Purchase Program Criteria Scott F Snider, GISP GIS Supervisor Knox County Knox County is located in North-Central Ohio and covers 532 square miles of land. Sixty percent (60%) of this land is used in agricultural production, with annual cash receipts totaling $66,001,000 (Source: Ohio County Profiles, Ohio Department of Development). Agricultural land in Knox County is constantly under pressure to be developed for residential land use due to the outward expansion of people away from cities. The Ohio Department of Agriculture has developed the Agricultural Easement Purchase Program to permanently protect farmland from such development. In cooperation with the Philander Chase Corporation and the Knox County Soil & Water Conservation Office, the Knox County Map Department has developed a countywide analysis of development pressure by using the scoring criteria of the Ohio Agricultural Easement Purchase Program as a template. The purpose of this project is to identify farms that could score very high if they applied for the agricultural easement program; these landowners can then be informed about the program and encouraged to apply. In the future it is also possible that Knox County could use this project to develop its own agricultural protection program to further protect its land resources and land-based industry.

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