Using the Coastal Boundary Map
The map may take a long time to load at first. Please be patient.
Do not use the "Back" button in your Web browser when using the map. Using the "Back" button will take you away from the map and return you to the last Web page you viewed.
Determining if the location of the proposed activity is within the NYS Coastal Area
There are two ways to find locations or areas of interest on the map.
1. Search for an Address
- In the "Search" box on the left side of the screen enter an address in the "Address" field and click the "Find Address" button. Provide a complete address if possible, including street number and name, city, and ZIP Code. This may help ensure that the address is found. Please note that the address marker is automatically placed along the street while certain activities may take place along the waterward property boundary. Please make sure to move the marker to the exact location of the proposed activity by clicking on the marker and dragging it to the correct location.
- In the "Layers" box on the left side of the screen, make sure that the check box next to Landward Coastal Boundary is checked. The landward Coastal boundary should display in blue, therefore a proposed activity is within the NYS Coastal Area if it is on the waterside of the blue Coastal boundary line.
2. Navigate the Map
Zoom in or out on the Map
You can use your mouse to zoom in or out on the map. Several options for zooming are provided.
Pan (Move) the Map
- If your mouse has a scroll wheel, you can scroll the wheel forward to zoom in or backward to zoom out when your mouse cursor is over the map.
- You can use the zoom control at the left side of the map to zoom in or out. Click the plus (+) button or move the slider up to zoom in. Click the minus (-) button or move the slider down to zoom out.
- You can use the "Zoom Box" tool (appears as an icon depicting a magnifying glass over a yellow box) to draw a box around an area on which you wish to zoom in. To use the "Zoom Box" tool, first click the "Zoom Box" button on the toolbar above the map. It is the second button on the toolbar from the left. Then, click and hold the left mouse button on the map near the area on which you wish to zoom in, drag the mouse to draw a box around the area, and release the mouse button. The map will be zoomed in to that area.
- If you wish to return the map to its original zoom, you may use the “full extent” tool (appears as an icon depicting a magnifying glass over an image of New York State) on the toolbar above the map.
There are two ways to pan the map.
- You can click and drag the map in the direction you want to move it.
- You can click one of the arrow buttons in the upper left corner of the map to move the map in the direction of the arrow. Clicking the center button, which has 4 arrows pointing toward the middle, will return the map to the full extent, the original view of the whole state.
To click and drag the map, the "Pan & Zoom" tool on the top left of the toolbar must be selected. The "Pan & Zoom" tool is selected when the map first loads. If you select another tool, you can select the "Pan & Zoom" tool again by clicking the leftmost button on the toolbar above the map.
Change the Map Type
You can click the "Satellite" button in the upper right corner of the map to see a photographic view.
Displaying the Boundaries of the Special Management Areas
To aid you in determining if your proposed project is in a special management area, and thus subject to special concerns, use the following steps to help you identify special management areas in the vicinity of your project.
- In addition to the Landward Coastal boundary layer, there are five Special Management Areas which can be displayed together or separately on the map: Scenic Areas of Statewide Significance (SASS), Significant Coastal Fish and Wildlife Habitats (SCFWH), Local Waterfront Revitalization Areas (LWRP), identified canals, and the Long Island Sound Coastal Management Program (LIS CMP) Area.
- In the "Layers" box on the left side of the screen, check the box next to each type of Special Management Area that you would like to display. If the Map is grayed out and progress bar appears on the screen, please wait for the map to finish loading before you can check/uncheck additional and view their locations.
- For each Special Management Area type that you selected, polygons like the symbols next to the Special Area Management type in the "Layers" box will appear on the map where the Special Management Area of that type are located. The boundaries should appear on the map in green for SCFWH, purple for the LIS CMP, maroon for SASS, and orange/blue for LWRPs; and the points for identified canals should appear in yellow. (The color of the lines/points may vary on some screens.) If they do not appear, zoom in until they appear. Please note that some areas of the state may not contain any Special Management Areas.
How to learn more about Specific Special Management Areas
- On the toolbar above the map, click the "Pan & Zoom" tool.
- For information specific to an individual polygon, first find the small geographic area in which you are interested on the map. Hover the mouse cursor inside the area and click the left mouse button. A balloon showing the names of the affiliated Special Management Area will appear along with a link to documents with additional information. If you click and area where multiple Special Management Areas overlap, only the information about the area represented by the topmost polygon will be displayed. To view information about an area for which the polygons overlap, you may need to hide one of the layers by unchecking its check box in the "Layers" box (see the instructions under the “Displaying the Boundaries of the Special Management Areas” above.
- For general information about types of Special Management Areas, you can view a detailed description for each type of Special Management Area by clicking on the question mark symbol next to the type of management area in the "Layers" box.