LAND-USE PLANNING: SOILS AND GEOLOGY
The Kentucky Geological Survey is completing the digitization of geologic maps for the entire state. The digital geologic data, coupled with a geographic information system, provide the foundation for efficient and cost-effective development of maps and Web-based GIS applications to support local land-use planning in Kentucky counties. The maps can be used by homeowners, developers, policy makers, and planners. The maps provide information, in nontechnical language, on how soils and underlying rock affect excavation and foundations, and suitable locations for on-site wastewater treatment systems, residential and industrial developments, highway and street development, and pond and reservoir construction. Photographs of sites in the area are used to illustrate local issues. Links to additional information for an area are given. The Internet map services are part of an online atlas of maps depicting Kentuckys infrastructure, natural resources, recreational facilities, environmental hazards, and other types of information.