Local municipalities are always changing the way their communities
are laid out in an effort to find the best fit for their residents as
well as their visitors. These changes may come in the form of widening
streets, tearing down and rebuilding infrastructure or possibly
eliminating the ability to park on certain streets. For the Village of
Morton Grove they were interested in investigating the latter as they
looked to review their current parking restriction ordinances in order
to help with future parking propositions.
For this analysis the village decided to enlist the services of the
Geographic Information System (GIS) Department for its ability to map
out all of the current parking restrictions geographically. The village
believed that a map would provide a better visual representation of the
current parking ordinance restrictions and also give them the proper
means for review; much easier than reading these restrictions line for
line in the written ordinance.
The design of the map was simple such that it only included the basic
geographic street data as well as a color coded line where each unique
color represented a different parking restriction. This map could then
be printed or viewed electronically as means for review and analysis.
Additionally, the underlying data behind the map was structured so that
in-depth analysis could be conducted on any given street at any given
time in order to retrieve ordinance information. The luxury of using the
GIS in this case empowered the user to quickly compare ordinance
information geographically and textually rather than performing the
laborious task of searching through the ordinance documents on-line.