Geographic Information Systems

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is an organized collection of computer hardware, software, geographic data, and personnel designed to efficiently capture, store, update, manipulate, analyze, and display all forms of geographically referenced information. The system is used in order to support decision making for planning and management of land use, natural resources, environment, transportation, and other urban facilities. GIS links location to information and analyzes that information to give you a better understanding of how it all interrelates.

The Town Planner is working with the Superintendent of Public Works, Computer Coordinator, Assessor’s Office and other land use departments in order to develop a more extensive GIS with map layers and information related to all areas of land use and development. Standardized maps will be created for use by all. Data collection and creation is underway along with networking, software and hardware coordination. GIS and related software are available to all Town Departments. To see the GIS in action, visit the Planning Board office during regular business hours.