GIS used to evaluate Special Service Area

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The Special Service Area 16 came up for it’s first three year review
in the Spring of 2010. The City Manager required methods to determine if
the Special Service Area had fulfilled it’s goal of maintaining an
economically vibrant downtown. He decided that a study of the location
units used for retail, services, office, and vacant units would supply
the required information

The first part of the project was joint field survey conducted by
Engineering and Community Development to determine the first floor uses
of each building within the Special Service Area. They walked the
entirety of the Special Service Area and record the use of each
commercial unit. The survey results were entered into an Excel
spreadsheet and given to the GIS Office.

The GIS office reviewed the survey and quickly realized that many
buildings have multiple businesses associated with them. Therefore, it
was decide to split the buildings into appropriate units and assign the
business information to each unit. These units were categorized by
commercial use to create three final products, Retail Map, Service and
Office Map. The Director of Community Development reviewed the maps and
then GIS Office submitted to the City Manger.

By using GIS, the city was able to create maps that showed specific
economic activity within the Special Service Area. For example, clusters
of vacant and retail-orientated business were found on the maps. These
maps are helping the City Manager to make the case that the Special
Service Area is successful in maintaining the economic vitality of the
Central Business District.

GIS used to evaluate Special Service Area

Blog_GIS_used_to_evaluate_Special_Service_Area.png

The Special Service Area 16 came up for it’s first three year review
in the Spring of 2010. The City Manager required methods to determine if
the Special Service Area had fulfilled it’s goal of maintaining an
economically vibrant downtown. He decided that a study of the location
units used for retail, services, office, and vacant units would supply
the required information

The first part of the project was joint field survey conducted by
Engineering and Community Development to determine the first floor uses
of each building within the Special Service Area. They walked the
entirety of the Special Service Area and record the use of each
commercial unit. The survey results were entered into an Excel
spreadsheet and given to the GIS Office.

The GIS office reviewed the survey and quickly realized that many
buildings have multiple businesses associated with them. Therefore, it
was decide to split the buildings into appropriate units and assign the
business information to each unit. These units were categorized by
commercial use to create three final products, Retail Map, Service and
Office Map. The Director of Community Development reviewed the maps and
then GIS Office submitted to the City Manger.

By using GIS, the city was able to create maps that showed specific
economic activity within the Special Service Area. For example, clusters
of vacant and retail-orientated business were found on the maps. These
maps are helping the City Manager to make the case that the Special
Service Area is successful in maintaining the economic vitality of the
Central Business District.