Chatham County in North Carolina recently has made it easier and faster for residents should to access even more maps and information using the county’s new Geographic Information Systems (GIS) website. The county was able to use free OpenSource software to build and host the new website, which has saved the county $20,000-$40,000 in software costs and annual fees.
The main enhancement is improved online mapping. The enhanced mapping website includes access to nearly 80 data layers in folders organized by county functions (Planning, Environmental Health, etc.) or by themes (Addressing, Census, etc.). The site also has aerial photos for 2007, 2002 and 1997 as well as data related to the work of the county’s Environmental Review and Chatham Conservation Partnership. Users can download and print parcel maps and property record files in PDF format.
For more information on GIS usage in Chatham County , please read the full article here.
Melissa Lawrence, Rutgers Student Intern, VERTICES, LLC