One of Glencoe’s many attractions is its location along the shores of
Lake Michigan. Most people visit the Village’s coast at Lakefront Park,
a public recreation area with concession stands, boat rentals, and
plenty of room for sunbathing, swimming, and more. Unfortunately, the
lure of the beach can create problems. Several streets in Glencoe
dead-end at the beach, creating public rights-of-way that are legally
available for pedestrian traffic. Recently, a group of underage drinkers
started using these access points on a regular basis, putting them at
risk for injury because the land is unimproved. Plus, adjacent property
owners complained about the noise and litter created by the teens. In
response, the Village announced plans to fence off these locations, but
several members of the public did not approve.
Based on resident concerns about limiting beach access, the Village
Manager’s office created a Street-Ends Task Force to review the options
for managing this land. GIS was called upon initially to create site
maps of every street end for reference. However, the real benefit to
this project came through Glencoe’s membership in the GIS Consortium.
Since several of its neighboring communities are GISC members, Glencoe
had immediate access to their parcel data. The on-site specialist used
it to identify comparable street-end locations in neighboring
communities and then created a custom driving tour of the north shore’s
public-owned access points to Lake Michigan. The committee visited and
photographed each location, efficiently creating an inventory of
comparison data for use in its work.
By leveraging the data-sharing model available through the GIS
Consortium, the task force obtained a large sample of comparison
information quickly and efficiently.