Refers to a process that allows people’s needs, preferences and values to be reflected in decisions. Planning occurs at many different levels, from day-to-day decisions made by individuals and families, to major decisions made by governments and businesses that have comprehensive, long-term impacts on society. Management can be considered a short-term form of planning, while planning can be considered a longer-term form of management.

right of way

Real property, obtained by local or state government either in fee or through line establishment and containing the travelway, roadside, drainage systems and other appurtenances necessary for public travel.


Federal Emergency Management Agency

You can find more information on the FEMA website.


The cooperation or joint provision of public services between municipalities.

urban area

A United States Census Bureau-defined geographic area of contiguous census block groups with a population density of at least 1,000 people per square mile.

address bar

The address bar is a text box, usually at the top of a web mapping application, which an address can be typed into as a search box.

web map

A map that is not simply on the web, but rather one that is powered by the online GIS technologies.


State of Connecticut Office of Policy and Management

You can find more information on the OPM website.


A collection of GIS data and/or orthorectified imagery that form the background setting for a map.


A data storage format for geospatial vector data to use in GIS software.