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GIS Interface

GIS Interface

This Location Sciences module interfaces with Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to provide a mapping tool to visually select an address range for desired functions, such as printing labels for mailing hearing notices. Users gain a visual overview of activities happening in and around a location and are able to create maps of varying complexity for diverse departmental needs.

The Identify tool enables users to access attribute information stored with a parcel, such as property ownership, Assessor’s Parcel Number (APN), property type, etc. The integration between eLMS™ and GIS allows users to cross-reference an array of parcel information using the APN.

By selecting an address range or a drawing geometric shape on the map, staff can obtain a list of addresses, activities, or violations in that range, and view property parcels and permits. This also helps in routing inspections.

Users have the ability to pan, zoom in and zoom out (by any polygon shape, lines, rectangles, circles, etc.); add shape files to the project from a pre-defined directory; configure theme properties; change the color, type and size of a symbol; use the Ruler tool to measure length and area on a map; and identify features by active map layers.

The module enables users to view data layers such as parcel, tract, lot, block, survey monument, etc. to obtain detailed information about the property or adjacent property, as well as aerial photography, topographic contours, easements or encumbrances and transportation right-of-way corridors.

Using the City’s GIS, users can display data layers such as land use zoning, general plans, flood zones, liquefaction zones, seismic hazard zones, fire hazard zones, noise impact corridors and more. With ArcIMS product functionality, users can add and remove layers on the map.

This module also provides the ability to create dynamic buffer zones around a map feature and use the spatial overlay functions to query map features that intersect.

Additionally, users can utilize address geocoding functions to enter a street address when searching for a location. If the system cannot find an exact match for the address, it automatically prompts the user to select from a list of partially matched records. The user can then review the results and select the best match. The system also supports reverse geocoding, wherein the user selects a location on the map and the geospatial search function locates the nearest address.

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