Virginia Land and Energy Navigator (VALEN)
CGIT and the Virginia Cooperative Extension created the Virginia Land and Energy Navigator (VaLEN) to provide Virginians funded by Dominion Energy. VaLEN represents a collaborative effort of state and federal agencies, non-profit organizations, local government, and industry. Development of the Virginia Land and Energy Navigator would not have been possible without the time, thought, and energy invested by the workgroup members.
What is the Virginia Land and Energy Navigator?
Balancing economic development and natural resources conservation is an important issue to localities, the Commonwealth of Virginia, landowners, industry, and others. The Virginia Land and Energy Navigator (VaLEN) brings together GIS information related to prime farm and forestland, land conservation, brownfields, transmission lines, and other topics to support land use planning and decision-making at the local level. The goal of VaLEN is to support and inform decision-making, not prescribe outcomes. The initial report on the development of VaLEN can be found here.