Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are great tools for municipalities to utilize. They incorporate aerial maps (similar to Google Maps) but they place “layers” of data over the maps to create an interactive map full of useful information. Layers could be lakes, streams, floodplains, rights-of-way, building footprints, zoning districts, property boundaries, railroads, streets, dedicated open space areas, places-of-interest and many more. All of which would be layered over an aerial map of your municipality. Those layers can be added or removed depending on how much or little data you wish to see.
GIS systems can be daunting and expensive to start up. Fortunately, Municipal Web Management has staff which have gone through the process of setting up and maintaining several GIS systems. Acquiring the files necessary to start a GIS system can be difficult but we know where to look to obtain them. Sometimes the software you already own can support a GIS system, it just needs the right files and configuration. Municipal Web Management does not supply a GIS compatible software, we solely provide consulting services to set up, configure and maintain the system. However, we are familiar with several software vendors and we can recommend one that best suits your needs.