City to Launch New GIS Website

City GIS SmallRoanoke City is taking GIS to a whole new level with the launch of its new GIS Website on July 1. For many years, the site has been well known for its highly useful and informative features, and widely used by city staff, citizens, and businesses for real estate data, permits, engineering maps, and plans and property cards, as well as layers like zoning, school zones, trash collection, and many others.

The Department of Technology has replaced the old site in order to move forward with newer technology to allow the GIS website to provide the user with even more options.

The look and feel of the new site is different, but was developed with the goal that whatever the old site does the new site will do better. The new site combines all of the GIS data and search capabilities from the old GIS, SuperMap and the Community and Incentives Portals. As a result, it is now a one-stop source of information across a wide range of city services and programs.

The new website also has more advanced searches and the basic searches are built using the Central Address System. Now, when users search for any valid address in the city they will find it, whether it is a single-family home, an apartment, or a business. The new site also presents property information in an easy-to-use layout that can collapse to show users more map space. It is also possible to  select multiple search results and export the data to a spreadsheet or print the property details to a PDF format.

The new site was made available to city staff on June 1, and training has been provided to key staff during June in order to better assist external users once the new site is launched for the public. In order to ease users into the transition, the old site will still be available for a short time.

For more information, contact Tracey Leet, GIS Project Manager, at 540-853-1300 or email him at [email protected].

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