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Connecticut’s environmental agency and the University of Connecticut launched a new website today. It has searchable maps that provide natural resource and environmental information for all cities and towns throughout the state.

Say you’re buying a new house and you want to know if the nearby farmland is protected from development. Or you want to build a multi-family housing development and you need to know whether your property could support an on-site septic system. The new website known as “Connecticut ECO” can help answer these questions.  It is designed to help local land use planners have easy access to maps that contain topographical details, property boundaries and the locations of wetlands. At the official launch of the site at the Capitol Marcia Banach, Director of Planning for South Windsor, called the website a “godsend for rural towns that don’t have money to buy GIS mapping systems.”

"This new website is going to be a powerful tool. It will assist planners and municipalities as we wrestle with the very difficult balance between conservation and development.

The state spent about $300,000 creating the website The money was set aside for promoting responsible growth in the state’s 2007 budget. The website address is www.cteco.uconn.edu

For WNPR, I'm Nancy Cohen.