A significant part of any local government’s economic vitality
relates to property development and improvements that require a building
permit. Permitting fees provide vital income and can help to increase
department budgets and the potential for capital improvement spending.
As part of an effort to better track permit applications and highlight
trends over time, the Village of Winnetka Community Development
department asked the village GIS department to develop a map product to
display permit locations.
All permit information for the village is stored in permit management
software Permits Plus, so the first step in developing a final product
is to export the desired information to a GIS compatible format, such as
Excel. Once in this format, the permit data is mapped through a GIS
application using the village’s comprehensive address database as a
base. In addition to the location of each permit, the final GIS data
layer also contains information on the type of permit issued for each
address, allowing the final map product to display both the physical
location and the type of permit being applied for.
Using this process, a quarterly mapping cycle has been developed,
allowing Community Development staff to visualize where residential and
commercial development is occurring across the village. Using this
output from the GIS system provides the department with an efficient and
cost effective method of tracking development trends, sharing
information across departmental boundaries, and creating various