New York City’s Web Zoning App and other Government GIS News

Zoning, building and property information for a specific property in New York City is now available through the Zoning and Land Use web-based GIS application called ZoLa.

Not sure why it's called an app instead of a website, which it is. It didn't behave well in Safari.

- GovTech

The Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority asks the public to take an online survey to state preferences on color, icon and name displays for the Metrorail map.

I'm not sure at all I like the idea of surveying for map design.

- WUSA 9

In Newnan Georgia, two roads are getting their names changed in part to keep trucks away from railroad tracks. The businesses on the new street need more time to prepare so the change was moved to Jan  2012 from Oct 2011. Of course there is the question of when the GPS devices (mis)directing the trucks will get the new street names. Here's one impediment that will perhaps be cleared:

As it turns out, "we actually had one of the GPS companies contact us about updating the data on roads," [County Admin] Gay said. The county has a standard price, of $1,500, for GIS data. Gay suggested the county consider waiving the fee. "I think it would help the industries that are located in that area."

It turns out:

Navteq bought the county's road centerline data in 2008, and looked into buying it again this summer, [GIS person] Sisson said. "When I told them the price... they told me they would be back" in touch, she said. But, so far, they have not.

- Times Herald

Porter County Indiana is upgrading GIS and related technologies to better serve "customers" (aka constituents aka citizens).

Taxpayers can get an aerial view of their property, and the GIS now lets the user see his or her parcel number, taxing unit, legal drains or ditches, congressional and state districts, township voting district and location of polling place.

Previously, users had to navigate a series of inquiries on their web browsers, but now can access the information just by entering a name or address.

The tech: ArcGIS Server 10, Silverlight via Sidwell. And, the county will upgrade (?) from LiDAR to Pictometry (?) to produce maps (?):

More GIS enhancements will be added, with help from other departments. The system uses LIDAR imaging to produce maps, but might soon be replaced by the new Pictometry software acquired this month [$138,000 for two years] by the assessor’s office. Wichlinski and County Assessor Jon Snyder said it uses sharper, more precise images.

- Post Tribune


Published Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

Written by Adena Schutzberg


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