Past Projects

A sampling of projects that show our capabilities and range of experience

Chatham Ridgeline Identification

The Town of Chatham (NY) Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee identified prominent ridgelines as one aspect of the landscape that contributes significantly toward the town’s rural character. The committee asked us to take a complete inventory of visible ridgelines in the town, and evaluate the impact of potential development. The field work for this project included driving over 100 miles of town road, taking digital photos of the most prominent ridgelines, and plotting every visible ridgeline on a map. The GIS work included producing field maps for the field work, and documenting visible ridgelines in a GIS database. As a final product, we provided a GIS layer and map documenting a 40 foot vertical elevation buffer surrounding all of the ridgelines in the inventory.

Manor Kill Watershed GEIS

The Town of Conesville (NY) was awarded funding from the Catskill Watershed Corporation’s Schoharie Watershed Impact Statement Program to assess the impact of future development on water quality in the Manor Kill Watershed.  This GEIS covers the entire Manor Kill Watershed including the Town of Conesville and a part of the Town of Gilboa.
A GEIS is a type of environmental impact statement (EIS) that is more general than a site-specific EIS. It is a written document that provides a way for governments, agencies, and the public to systematically consider significant adverse environmental impacts of projects, actions, or future scenarios, and details alternatives and mitigation to prevent such impacts.
The document referenced here is in draft form, and is still being evaluated by the town and NYC DEP. This Draft GEIS includes a full buildout analysis, and watershed level erosion modeling using NOAA’s Nonpoint-Source Pollution and Erosion Comparison Tool (N-SPECT)

Callicoon Buildout Analysis

The town of Callicoon in Sullivan County, NY is developing an Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan. One aspect of the plan is an evaluation of the towns current land use regulations, specifically, its zoning law. The buildout analysis performed for this project includes a set of 8 maps (see the links below) and a document that describes the process with a table of the results of the buildout calculations.

Callicoon Buildout Maps:

Columbia Land Conservancy Regional Protected Lands Map

Don Meltz Planning and GIS was contracted by Columbia Land Conservancy (CLC) in 2001 to collect data on the location, size, ownership and other details of the recreational and conservation lands open to the public in Columbia County and the surrounding seven counties including Albany, Berkshire (MA), Dutchess, Greene, Litchfield (CT), Rensselaer, and Ulster. The purpose of the data collection was to produce a map depicting the recreational and conservation lands open to the public and to analyze the distribution of these lands. We annually updated and maintained the data set and map until 2004 when CLC began to maintain the data with their own GIS. We still consult with CLC on the maintenance of the data, and provide large format printing services for this map and other CLC projects.

Putnam County Agricultural and Farmland Preservation Plan

Nan Stolzenburg and Don Meltz collaborated on the Putnam County Ag & Farmland Preservation Plan, submitting the final document to the Putnam County Legislature in 2004. The plan included a complete inventory of active farmland, publicly owned and preserved properties, and development of a detailed Land Use and Site Analysis (LESA) ranking system and map.
The Putnam County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan won the 2005 Outstanding Planning Award from the New York Upstate Chapter of the American Planning Association.