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Frequently Asked Questions

What is GIS?
GIS is an information system that allows data to be analyzed spatially.  GIS links graphic features (subdivision lot) with non-graphic data (a record in a database that stores owner information, sale date, assessed value, etc…).  In a GIS, spatial relationships between map features can be analyzed such as which lots are within 300 feet of a selected lot. Also, spatial relationships can be created by overlaying multiple layers to answer questions such as:

What fire and police jurisdiction is a location in?
Is the location in an area prone to flooding?
What land use and zoning is allowed at that location?
What day is the trash and garbage picked up at that location?

Role of GIS Department?
The GIS Department has the following responsibilities:

  • Provide City departments with accurate spatial information and analysis tools.
  • Create and maintain GIS layers in a central database accessible by the City network.
  • Produce customized maps for City departments on request.
  • Spatially enable department databases.
  • Integrate GIS into the IT Enterprise.
  • Support City personnel with GIS software and training.
  • Develop web-mapping applications for City departments and public.
  • Develop customized applications for automating GIS processes such as data manipulation and redundant mapping.
  • Provide technical and operational support for GIS-related hardware and software.
  • Provide maps and GIS data to City supported projects and contractors.
  • Create a secure environment for sensitive GIS layers.
  • Backup spatial database and project files for offsite storage.
  • Make maps and GIS data available to local agencies.
  • Provide mapping and GIS data for emergency planning and response.
  • Make standardized maps available to the public and City departments.

What GIS data does the City have available?
Click on the following link to get a list.

What GIS software does the City use?
We use ArcGIS by ESRI.

How can I get a copy of the City's GIS data?
You can download GIS layers from the web or email the GIS team and make a request for specific data.

What formats are available?
File Geodatabase, Shapefile, or DXF.

Do I have to get a copy of the data in order to look at it?
No. You can go to our Mapping Applications site to map the data using your internet browser.