GIS to complete accreditation

​The City of Highland Park Fire Department needed to identify specific
types of building structures for their International City/County
Management Association (ICMA) accreditation. Specifically the ICMA
required structure counts of building use, such as residential or
commercial, and a classification of the building as a primary or
secondary structure. For example, a single family home is a primary
structure where as any garages or sheds related to the house are
secondary structures.

The fire department decided to use the analytical power of GIS to
classify all the buildings within the city of Highland Park. The first
step was to apply a classification to each of the buildings. Each
structure received a zoning district value by overlaying it with the
zoning layer.

Then each building received a use classification of primary or
secondary. An automated process placed a primary address point on the
largest building at each address. Then the process created secondary
points for smaller buildings located at addresses with primary
addresses. Because the largest building is not always the primary
structure, a manual review was performed to ensure all points were
placed on the correct structures.

There are many instances in the City of Highland Park where
multi-family homes are mixed in with single-family homes. The
multi-family structures were identified by selecting all single-family
homes with multiple addresses. A multi-family classification was then
given to these structures.

By using existing GIS datasets within the city GIS system, buildings
were accurately classified by use and as primary or secondary
structures. The fire department received an accurate list of all
structures within the city. This allowed the fire department to
successfully complete their ICMA accreditation.

GIS to complete accreditation

​The City of Highland Park Fire Department needed to identify specific
types of building structures for their International City/County
Management Association (ICMA) accreditation. Specifically the ICMA
required structure counts of building use, such as residential or
commercial, and a classification of the building as a primary or
secondary structure. For example, a single family home is a primary
structure where as any garages or sheds related to the house are
secondary structures.

The fire department decided to use the analytical power of GIS to
classify all the buildings within the city of Highland Park. The first
step was to apply a classification to each of the buildings. Each
structure received a zoning district value by overlaying it with the
zoning layer.

Then each building received a use classification of primary or
secondary. An automated process placed a primary address point on the
largest building at each address. Then the process created secondary
points for smaller buildings located at addresses with primary
addresses. Because the largest building is not always the primary
structure, a manual review was performed to ensure all points were
placed on the correct structures.

There are many instances in the City of Highland Park where
multi-family homes are mixed in with single-family homes. The
multi-family structures were identified by selecting all single-family
homes with multiple addresses. A multi-family classification was then
given to these structures.

By using existing GIS datasets within the city GIS system, buildings
were accurately classified by use and as primary or secondary
structures. The fire department received an accurate list of all
structures within the city. This allowed the fire department to
successfully complete their ICMA accreditation.