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.


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.


A browser is the software you use to view web pages – in fact you’re using one right now! Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer are some of the more common browsers, but there are others like Safari and Opera. Since each one is different, pages can vary in appearance depending on what browser is used.


Widgets are various components and tools within web mapping applications.

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.


State of Connecticut Office of Policy and Management

You can find more information on the OPM website.

open space

Any open piece of land set aside for preserving natural communities, protecting water quality, providing outdoor recreation, and offering green spaces for all residents.  Parcels can be undeveloped or have no buildings or other built structures, and/or is accessible to the public.  Local governments can define open space differently depending on their zoning laws.


The way governments control the physical development of land and the kinds of uses to which each individual property/parcel may be put.