GIS Supporting Variance Tracking

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Over the years local government entities gather a lot of information
relating to properties and the characteristics they entail. This
information may include property identification numbers (PIN), property
owners, whether that property has an easement or not and much more. The
hard part about all of this information is classifying and organizing
it in a way that easily accessible and will stand the test of time.
Current trends show that paper documents are being scanned into
digitized files so that they are readily available and searchable in
many different ways. One application that handles this type of
inventory quite well is a Geographical Information System (GIS).

For the City of Park Ridge, IL, already owning and operating the GIS
software has increased their potential for upgrading and maintaining
their paper documents in an electronic data format. With the help of
the GIS Department, the City is currently working on a beta program to
scan all property variance documents into PDF files and then linking
these files to a geographic space on a map. Future plans will come in
the form of an interactive web mapping application where the user
wishing to locate a property and its variance if it has one, could do so
from their office chair rather than inefficiently spending time
searching paper documents down the hall. Additionally, as the paper
gets older and wears away, the City can feel comfortable in knowing that
this important information will not only be preserved, it will also be
in one centralized location. Just another way to improve an existing
operation.

GIS Supporting Variance Tracking

Blog_GISSupportingVarianceTracking.png

Over the years local government entities gather a lot of information
relating to properties and the characteristics they entail. This
information may include property identification numbers (PIN), property
owners, whether that property has an easement or not and much more. The
hard part about all of this information is classifying and organizing
it in a way that easily accessible and will stand the test of time.
Current trends show that paper documents are being scanned into
digitized files so that they are readily available and searchable in
many different ways. One application that handles this type of
inventory quite well is a Geographical Information System (GIS).

For the City of Park Ridge, IL, already owning and operating the GIS
software has increased their potential for upgrading and maintaining
their paper documents in an electronic data format. With the help of
the GIS Department, the City is currently working on a beta program to
scan all property variance documents into PDF files and then linking
these files to a geographic space on a map. Future plans will come in
the form of an interactive web mapping application where the user
wishing to locate a property and its variance if it has one, could do so
from their office chair rather than inefficiently spending time
searching paper documents down the hall. Additionally, as the paper
gets older and wears away, the City can feel comfortable in knowing that
this important information will not only be preserved, it will also be
in one centralized location. Just another way to improve an existing
operation.