Importance of community zoning and street maps


One of the latest Geographic Information System (GIS) developments in
Elk Grove Village has been the creation of a community Zoning Map and
Street Map. It was requested that the village be provided with a color
map depicting the zoning boundaries as well as the proper zoning
classification. While the zonig map is driven by the local community the
street map is more of a GIS Consortium (GISC) standard map product that
is suggested as soon as a community joins the consortium. 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 listed usually done
by displaying these districts in the form of a proper color scheme. The
former black and white zoning map was referenced to be sure that all of
the previous map elements were incorporated such as the street name
index, revision list, legend and effective date. The street map
incorporates important places, recreation areas and trails throughout
the community. Not to be overlooked, the street name index can be very
useful for an individual who is not familiar with the village.
Considering this, the index has been expanded to include the grid number
of the important places and recreation areas providing map users with a
reference for quickly looking a specific place of interest.

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 grid. Rather than having these
maps made at separate times during the fiscal year these two maps are
created at the same 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 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 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 of the
existing map remains the same.

In conclusion, it is important to note that knowing 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.