International Development, Community and Environment (IDCE)

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Environmental Science and Policy (ES&P)


International Development, Community and Environment

Chief Instructor

Dr. Yelena Ogneva-Himmelberger


As a part of West Brookfield’s 2018 Master Plan, The Route 9 and Route 67 Corridor GIS Analysis project was developed for Planners at The Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission (CMRPC) to analyze the major corridors running through West Brookfield, Massachusetts. A series of maps were created using numerous data sources and queries to visualize the area’s land use, development, and environmental features. The resulting maps highlighted existing land uses, constraints, and potential development and conservation opportunities across the town. The Route 9 and Route 67 Corridor Analysis project helped CMRPC to formulate policy recommendations including zoning bylaw amendments and districts for development, and zoning conservation provisions for land preservation. Ultimately, the Town plans to use this analysis with CMRPC’s recommendations as a basis for developing future land use policies focused on development and conservation in West Brookfield.



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