The Planning Department utilizes Geographic Information System (GIS) which allows us to view and analyze spatially referenced data. A majority of the information that we handle is associated with a geographic location. It is necessary to be able to display such information visually in a map in order to see patterns and trends so informed decisions can be made. GIS allows us to do just that.
The GIS also provides the means to maintain various city maps.In addition to assisting in everyday decisions, a few projects the GIS has aided the Planning Department in over past few years are the:
City's asset inventory
Long Range Plan
Riparian Corridor mapping
Land Use Inventory
The City was the first municipality to enter into a data-sharing agreement with the Summit County GIS Department. The two entities have a close working relationship with the intention of producing and verifying data that is needed and used by each. If you're interested in parcel level mapping, visit the Summit County GIS site.