Our glossary includes terms and acronyms used throughout the web site. For purposes of this web site, terms that may be ambiguous are marked with an asterisk (*).
buffer - an area around a resource that is designated to protect the actual resource for development. For instance, a river may be 30 feet wide with a buffer of 100 feet set on each side.
brownfield - an abandoned or under-utilized industrial site that cannot expand or be rebuilt due to environmental contamination.
Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) - an agency of the Department of
Commerce, BEA is one of the most recognized sources for the latest
employment data in the United States. One of the features of
BEA data is that full-time, part-time and proprietary jobs are
included in the data.
colluvium soil - a mixture of soil and loose rocks that often form
at the base of slopes. These materials are often transported
by gravity and build up with time.
employment center - a concentration of jobs (can be one type) in a particular area.
economic diversification index - a measure of the diversification or distribution of employment shares in different industry sectors.
* green infrastructure - “Green Infrastructure is our nation’s natural life support system – an interconnected network of waterways, wetlands, woodlands, wildlife habitats and other natural areas; greenways, parks and other conservation lands; working farms, ranches and forests; and wilderness and other open spaces that support native species, maintain natural ecological processes, sustain air and water resources, and contribute to the health and quality of life for America’s communities and people (Benedict and McMahon, 2006).”
growth - an increase, whether planned or not.
land use - describes how the land is used for example as residential, commercial, or agricultural.
LDM - Local Decision Maker. The web site you are on right now.
Statistics Service (NASS) - provides statistics on agriculture
within the United States.
National Land Cover Data (NLCD) - According to the United Stated Geological Survey web site, "
NLCD (National Land Cover Data) is a 21-category land cover classification scheme that has been applied consistently over the conterminous U.S. It is based primarily on the unsupervised classification of Landsat TM (Thematic Mapper) imagery. Ancillary data sources included topography, census, agricultural statistics, soil characteristics, other land cover maps, and wetlands data. The NLCD classification is provided as raster data with a spatial resolution of 30 meters."
Planning with POWER (Protecting Our
Water and Environmental Resources) - a Indiana statewide program
that links land use planning with watershed planning.
sociocultural - a combination of social and cultural factors.
stewardship - the responsibility to take care of our natural resources to ensure their health for future generations.
swale - in development, swales are strips of land designed to carry off runoff.
* working lands - lands that are managed for monetary value such as agriculture fields or timbered lands.
Zip Code Tabulation Areas (ZCTA) - created by the U.S. Census Bureau, ZCTAs were formed for
summarizing statistics in a given 5-digit Zip Code of the U.S.
Postal Service. Mostly, the ZCTAs are the same areas as
the Zip Codes.