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Projects > Watershed and Community Planning > Build-Out Analysis Ossipee Lake Subwatershed
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© Town of Freedom NH
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Build-Out Analysis Ossipee Lake Subwatershed

Freedom and Ossipee, New Hampshire

FBE performed a build-out analysis for the Town of Freedom, NH, which also included a small portion of the Town of Ossipee within the Ossipee Lake watershed. Analyses were carried out using CommunityViz, an extension for GIS software that provides future projections for development to guide local planning. To determine where development may occur in the town, FBE gathered information about environmental restrictions (e.g., soils, steep slopes, wetlands), zoning restrictions (e.g., shoreland zoning, street right of ways and building setbacks), and practical design considerations (e.g., lot layout inefficiencies). The results showed what land is available for development, how much development could potentially occur, and at what densities. FBE then used the results of the analyses to model increases in phosphorus loading to Ossipee Lake as a result of several projected development scenarios.

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