Development Guidance

A computerized map that shows wetlands, flood plains and soil types is steering development away from environmentally sensitive areas on the Coast. The map was created by the federally funded Comprehensive Resource Management Plan and is becoming a must-have tool for developers, governments and citizens.

Tina Shumate, the director of C-R-M-P, says that real estate agents are ``coming out of the woodwork'' to request the time saving computer program. Real estate agents use the map to show where development would be slowed by laws that protect wetlands and flood zones. Shumate's staff has handed out more than 250 copies of the software.

Work stations and software have been given to seven counties and 11 municipalities across the Coast. The map shows municipal boundaries, soil types, flood zones, roads and wetlands.