COLUMBIA — Columbia will have something to celebrate this Geospatial Information Systems Day: A new interactive online map that will supply a wealth of information about every property in the city.
The map, called Columbia City View, is the product of months of work among city departments and final coordination and development by the Geospatial Information Services Office, which the city established April 1. Matt Gerike, leader of the office, demonstrated City View during a Monday night work session of the City Council.
The online map will be available to the public beginning next Wednesday, coinciding with Geospatial Information Systems Day and Geography Awareness Week. Gerike said the City View website will not be password protected.
The Geospatial Information Services Office will celebrate the day with an open house, "GIS Day: The Adventure In Our Community," featuring computer mapping work that is being done at various agencies in Columbia and Boone County. The open house presentation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. in Rooms 1A and 1B of the Daniel Boone City Building.
City View includes five maps: One that shows natural features, another with aerial photography, a printer-friendly city map, a zoning map and a base city street map.
The left-hand side of the screen features a panel with relevant information about local government, public school districts, natural resources, property history, and ownership information from the Boone County assessor's office.
Specific information about properties includes:
- Representative councilperson and ward.
- Zoning classification.
- Corresponding elementary and secondary schools.
- Special tax districts.
- Major watersheds.
- Date of annexation.
Gerike said the purpose of the map is to collect public data and information and put it together in one easy-to-access location. "It's just a way we're trying to get more information about our city into the hands of the public."
City Manager Mike Matthes said Monday the maps should prove useful to residents. "It's pretty nice to have all of the particular tax districts and information about a parcel in one place."
Julie Wesley, a Columbia real estate agent, said she often has to go to several websites to find information about public schools, natural resources and property details.
"It'll be nice to have it all in one area," Wesley said.
Information from the county assessor's office will be updated nightly, and the remaining information will be updated every two weeks by the Geospatial Information Systems Office.