Geographic Information Systems

Overview

GIS is an enabling technology that is used to facilitate a variety of business functions in the City.

At the City of White Rock, the Information Technology Services department is working to bring GIS into all aspects of the planning and development of our community, and it is already becoming essential to City employees. In the near future the public will be able to access parts of the City's GIS application directly, to obtain planning and zoning information, find out the location of nearby schools or other facilities, and more. GIS is fast becoming a crucial communications, information, and customer service tool, and its use will only continue to expand as people realize its potential.

What is GIS? 

GIS is an innovative computer-based mapping tool that takes information from a database about a location – such as streets, buildings, water features, vegetation, and terrain – and turns it into visual layers. The ability to view these features on a map gives users a better understanding of a particular location, enabling planners, analysts, and others to make informed decisions about their communities. GIS is used throughout the world to address issues and compile information related to the environment, health care, land use, business efficiency, education, and public safety.

*National GIS Day (November 13) serves to make people aware of GIS technology and the important contributions it's making in the fields of science, technology, information, and the humanities.