Highland Park GIS

Prior to September 2017, all GIS related work was done in-house or outsourced, costing the Town many thousands of dollars each year. With this new addition to the Town, Highland Park will modernize the way it collects, analyzes, shares, and stores information, and it will all be done in-house. This forward-thinking move will save the Town thousands of dollars by reducing the amount of money spent on private consultations and man-hours. Having accurate data in an easily accessible, easily deciphered way will allow Town officials to make better planning decisions, recover lost revenue, and improve response times to citizen requests.

GIS is an acronym for Geographic Information Systems, or Geographic Information Science. A Geographic Information System is a way of managing data. It provides the integration of information from computers, GPS units, archived paper records, and people into one database. It is highly effective and efficient in managing, storing, editing, and creating new information. With the proper investment, a mature GIS can transform the way a municipality does business. Geographic Information Science is the study of the principles and methods used to build and manage a GIS.

The Town’s GIS is currently in the final stages of development. At this time, maps and tables containing tax records, town limits, property boundaries, zoning information, streets, aerial imagery, water and sewer lines, and stormwater assets can be provided by the Engineering and Building Inspection Departments.

For information related to GIS databases, contact David Ferguson G.I.S.P. at dferguson@hptx.org.