Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

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What is GIS?

A geographic information system (GIS) uses computer technology and data for capturing, managing, analyzing, and displaying all types of information. It gives us a new way to look at the world around us. Using a GIS, you can look at data, understand it and ask different questions to better understand and interpret the data. You can visualize data which can show relationships between data, patterns and trends. Detailed information can be generated by maps, reports and even charts. For instance, if you look at a table listing all the robberies that occurred in the City during a specific period of time, you wouldn't be able to see any patterns or trends. If you were to look at the same information on a map, you could possibly see a pattern forming within a certain neighborhood and then use that information to put more Police Officers in that particular area.

GIS Benefits

  • Cost savings and increased efficiency - We can divide our crews into geographic areas to better maintain the street and medians.
  • Better Decision Making - We can locate our police officers and code enforcement officers in areas needing more attention.
  • Improved communications - Improves communication between different teams, departments, organizations and the public.
  • Better record keeping
  • Managing Geographically - To better serve the community, we are managing our infrastructure based on a geographic place. Once we understand, we develop an plan of action.

How is the City using GIS?

GIS is being utilized by practically every department in the City. Parks and Recreation uses it to give location maps to their various parks. The Utility Department uses it to locate manholes, valves, water lines, etc. and then use work order information to determine which assets need to be replaced. The City Clerk's Office uses it to respond to public requests for maps. The Fire Department uses it to locate fire hydrants during an emergency and critical facilities for pre-fire planning. The Police Department uses it to create perimeters and identify crime patterns leading to intelligent lead policing. The Transportation Department uses it to find the best routing to accommodate all citizen requests. Our Code Enforcement team is using GIS to track citation inspections. These are just a few examples of what is being done.

Maps

Existing Land Use Map
This is the City's official Existing Land Use Map. Last revision was done June 2007.

Future Land Use Map
This is the City's official Future Land Use Map. Last revision was done October 2006.

Central CRA Map
This is the City's official Central Community Redevelopment Agency map for the central area of the City. Last revision was done May 2007.

State Rd 7/441 Corridor CRA
This is the City's official Central Community Redevelopment Agency map for the State Road 7/441 corridor. Last revision was done May 2007.

Enterprise Map
This is the City's official Enterprise Zone map. Last revision was done November 16, 2011.

Bicycle Pedestrian Ways Map
This is the City's official transportation element series map. Last revision was done June 19, 2008.

Bike Lanes, Greenways and Parks
This is the City's official transportation element series map. Last revision was done May 14, 2012.

Community Bus System
This is the City's official transportation element series map for the latest community bus system. Last revision as done June 19, 2008.

Existing Roadway Maintenance
This is the City's official transportation element series map. Last revision was done June 19, 2008.

Existing Public Transit System
This is the City's official transportation element series map. Last revision was done June 19, 2008.

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