McKINNEY, Texas – The City of McKinney recently expanded its geographic information systems (GIS) efforts to include an all-in-one interactive map which allows convenient access to the majority of the spatial data the city offers. The new all-in-one map will serve as a public one-stop-shop for the city’s GIS data. Users will be able to access and interact with public GIS data that they can use to make more informed decisions and to learn about the services the city offers.
The new user-friendly mapping tool allows users to search for locations and places such as schools, libraries, fire stations, hospitals, tornado sirens, mosquito trap sites, parks, hike and bike trails, police beats, council districts and more. The map allows users to combine data sources simply by turning on and off layers of information.
“From streets and roads to parks and trails, this interactive map provides information we use nearly every day. By leveraging this information and the power of location, better decisions can be made on where to buy a house or build a new fire station,” said Haripriya Madabushi, GIS Supervisor. “We’ve seen that people are more excited and interested in using interactive maps rather than tables and graphics. This opens a whole new world for them.”
The tool was developed as a resource for both residents, future residents, business owners and developers.
“The all-in-one interactive map should benefit home-buyers by allowing them to search for a house in a particular area based on what they value most or a developer who is seeking engineering and planning information regarding a specific property,” said Michael Quint, Executive Director of Development Services. “This interactive map was borne from public feedback and the Development Services Division and the IT/GIS Department have been working together for some time to make it a reality. We’re really excited to share it with everyone.”