Managing parking across a community can be one of the most
challenging functions of local government. Whether that parking area is
owned by the municipality or managed by a private entity, ensuring
accessibility and proper maintenance of these areas can be a challenge
that often involves representatives from several government departments.
To help understand the level of involvement needed, the City of Des
Plaines Community and Economic Development (CED) department completed an
inventory of all parking lots in the city to help with the enforcement
of city ordinances related to parking lot maintenance.
To help identify which properties should be included in the
inventory, the city’s GIS (Geographic Information System) department
used the city address and parking lot data to generate a list of all
properties with parking lots that required inspection. The city was then
divided spatially into five inspection areas, with each area being
assigned to a CED inspector, and a list for each area was derived from
the original parking lot property list. Using these address lists, and
maps created for each inspection area, the inspectors were able to
quickly identify the properties they needed to visit, helping to
streamline the data collection process and make it more efficient.