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Rights-Of-Way and Public Access

ArcGIS LogoArcGIS Online map of all CRMC-designated rights-of-way to the shore

The R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) in spring of 2014 introduced an online mapping tool with information on each of the CRMC-designated rights-of-way to the shore (ROW).

Created by CRMC staff intern Emily Robinson, the Arc GIS (Geographic Information Systems) database includes a map that identifies the location of each ROW with an icon. A click on any of these icons will open a menu that includes that ROW’s name, its designation number, the type of access it provides, the coastal feature present, and other information. A link to the ROW’s CRMC designation file is also included and accessible by clicking on the term, “More info.”

In another great example of the collaboration between the CRMC and its partner non-governmental organizations, Save The Bay, with the cooperation of the CRMC, updated the CRMC’s ArcGIS Online map of all 222 rights-of-way. The CRMC has completed photography of all CRMC ROWs – which will provide users multiple views of each ROW – and the photos will be used to update the map. Unlike other Arc GIS applications, there is no log-in required for using this ROW database.

“This specialized tool is a great resource for members of the public, as well as for cities and towns in which the rights-of-way are situated,” said CRMC’s Marine Resources Specialist Kevin Cute. “It provides an online database for all of the state’s public rights-of-way, including other useful information like current conditions, photos from different viewpoints, and historical information about the access point. In the 21st century, when just about everything is accessible with a swipe of a smartphone or tablet, the CRMC is proud to offer information like this to all users. We look forward to adding more information to this mapping tool as we move forward.”

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