GIS Program (City of McCall)
Friday, March 25, 2016
Posted by: Gay Dawn Oyler
In 2005 the City of McCall hired a new planner in the Community Development Department who also had Geographic Information System job duties. McCall was in the midst of a development boom and exploding growth. The GIS duties included compiling parcel data,
zoning information and other land use needs. It became apparent that a full time GIS position was warranted to meet the demand for information and a full time position was created in 2007. Base mapping was the primary objective, and much time was spent converting paper documents into electronic files. The public demand for GIS information has continued and presently there are two full time GIS staff, and both are certified Geographic Information System Professionals. The GIS Department has completely transformed the way the City of McCall does business, especially in Community Development, Public Works, Police, Golf Course, and Parks and Recreation Departments.
Currently, the City of McCall offers a web-based GIS application that is free and available to the public. (See McCall.maps.arcgis.com.) This has proven to be a great asset for the community, as it provides immediate, accurate, and complete data that is of interest to realtors, the design community, property owners, planners, City Departments and others wishing to learn more about property in the area. Customer service has increased, as any staff member who can access the web GIS can assist a customer with property data or refer the customer to the site for more information.
Beyond the creation of the web GIS, the GIS Department has mapped water and sewer infrastructure (including at the McCall Golf Course) and made it accessible to all departments, eliminating the need for Public Works staff to research and provide that information when requested. This has led to increased efficiency among staff and has allowed time to focus on other tasks. A recent project included mapping over 1,500 City trees which will allow the City Arborist and McCall Tree Committee to assess the trees for health and allow them to be documented as City assets.
The GIS Department has assisted numerous agencies and organizations with mapping needs, in an effort to provide accurate and accessible information to users. This includes Bear Basin Nordic trail map, Ponderosa State Park snow shoe map, McCall Community Transit map, McCall Pathways map, Historic Downtown Walking Tour map, and many others. Both residents and visitors benefit greatly from this information as they explore McCall and all it has to offer.
The benefits of today’s technology are no better realized at the City of McCall than by the advances in the GIS Department. The GIS Department provides an extremely valuable service to the community and is tied to economic development, environmental protection, community development, public safety, and community recreation. It benefits the City of McCall by allowing the staff to provide efficient and effective customer service.
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