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    Small town trail plan

    I am working on a trail plan for a small town and I have encountered several obstacles. I cannot locate accurate GIS maps for land ownership as the town is very rural. The most recent Assessor maps are from 1960, and the only digitized maps are scans of the 1960 maps. Any Ideas? The trail is supposed to travel between 2 state-owned plots of land by going through the town center. I have to bypass many private plots, make it attractive for visitors, pay attention to the historical significance of water (there are many creeks), incorporate a loop into the trail, and plan for residents to use it for daily walks. Any helpful suggestions would be appreciated.

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    If your maps are old/inaccurate, contact the state, see if they have newer ones; if not, you'll have to bite the bullet and pay for new surveys. If you're dealing with an old RR, they may have the documents.

    To deal with neighbors, provide landscape screening where necessary; depending on the length of the trail, provide parking, water for people and dogs, trash disposal. Do you need a parallel trail for horses? Can residential neighborhoods connect easily to the trail? (For instance, we allowed tons of illegal connections over a ditch to a very popular trail). See if your state has grants for historical signage (Florida does) to highlight resources along the trail. Provide signage every quarter mile for people hiking the trail for health reasons, so they know how far they've walked.

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    Get a copy of the new GIS-based map for Mackinac Island for your files. It was created by one of the local COG GIS fellows, and is remarkable in its detail. The Chamber had it printed and distributes it free.

    That can model your final product. For your immediate need, ask a nearby college with a geography department. Maybe a class can create GIS maps as a project.

    ZG mentioned the neighbors. Include restrooms in your plan, as one of the biggest NIMBY fears is, literally, in their backyards.

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    Veloise, whaddya mean by local COG? Thats outside of NEMCOG's jusris, isn't it? Is there a COG for that part of the UP? Is this the same as Region 11 from the Soo?
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    Quote Originally posted by DetroitPlanner View post
    Veloise, whaddya mean by local COG? Thats outside of NEMCOG's jusris, isn't it? Is there a COG for that part of the UP? Is this the same as Region 11 from the Soo?
    Local to moi. The designer works at GVMC.

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    Quote Originally posted by Veloise View post
    Local to moi. The designer works at GVMC.
    He actually no longer works there as of earlier this spring. On to bigger and better things.

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    Is that that highways web site guy?
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