One of the latest Geographic Information System (GIS) developments in
Oak Brook has been the creation of a community Zoning Map and Street
Map. It was requested that the existing village Zoning Map be created
within the GIS Department as a color map depicting the zoning boundaries
as well as the proper zoning classification. While the zoning map is
driven by the local community, the street map is more of a GIS
Consortium (GISC) standard map product. The street map provides a good
basis for future mapping products in that much of the fundamental
community information is present. These maps have been completed by
incorporating many layers of information that have been formulated since
the inception of the program.
As mentioned previously, the zoning map requires the creation of
zoning boundaries with their respective zoning types displayed according
to a proper color scheme. The former zoning map was referenced to be
sure that all of the previous map elements were incorporated such as the
historical Graue Mill area, revision list, legend and effective date.
New elements were also added including address numbers and a table
descibing each zoning district and its provisons. The street map
incorporates important places, recreation areas and trails throughout
the community. A street name index was also created which can be very
useful for an individual who is not familiar with the village as it
provides a grid number of where to find a given street in the map.
Other than the layout of the map itself, the data used in both maps
helps to give them a consistant look and includes the street names,
roadways, neighboring communities and address grid. Rather than having
these maps made at separate times during the fiscal year these two maps
are created at a similar time making it easier to consider what message
each map communicates as well as the similarities that would persist
between the maps.
There have been a number of map reviews resulting in the final
products. These maps are currently being distributed throughout the
village and can be provided as either a hard copy that is printed at
almost any size desired, depending on printing resources, or
electronically in an image format such as a PDF that is viewable with
Adobe Reader. All data layers within the map have been stored in
geographic databases that allow for continued use, modification and
additions. The map layout has also been saved so that it is available
for future map production which allows for the underlying data features
within the existing map to be updated while the layout remains the same.
In conclusion, it is important to note that wondering where you are
in town or what zoning district a property falls under are questions
that are asked everyday. Moreover, by having the essential tools such
as accurate maps to answer these questions the efficiency of the village
staff’s daily workflow can be enhanced greatly.