GIS & Mapping Support
The Department of Development Services uses GIS to provide the most recent parcel, utility, transportation, and environmental information for access by County employees and citizens. This supports the Department’s permitting and inspection software (Cityworks), achieve DEQ MS4 Permit requirements, and assists in completing the County’s MS4 Annual Report. In addition, staff is available to create custom maps using any of the features available in GIS, including drainage areas, floodway & floodplain boundaries, utility infrastructure, topography, and other maps.
As an example of the types of maps that can be created, a custom map displaying the locations of Dog Waste Stations installed throughout the County’s public parks and greenways is annually updated by the Department of Development Services. These kiosks dispense Mutt Mitt bags for picking up pet waste, which helps to reduce the discharge of E. coli from dog waste washed into receiving waters. Links to a PDF map of Dog Waste Stations and a list of existing dog waste stations are provided below.
- What typical features are part of a map?
A header, citation, legend, north arrow, and scale.
- How do I request a customized map?
Email your request to the GIS & Mapping Support Staff.
- How do you account for visual impairments like color vision deficiency (CVD) in the Department's map design?
The County uses a variety of symbols and/or patterns instead of colors, if possible. If colors are necessary, then high contrast colors are used.
- Where are my water/sewer lines?
Your utility lines can be viewed by clicking “Map Layers” button above the search bar in OneView, then clicking the “Utilities” checkbox under “Layers.” However the GIS maps are not an accurate depiction of field locations.
- How accurate are the property lines on GIS maps?
Property lines on the maps are for visual representation only; the GIS maps should not be used for surveying or legal purposes. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the GIS office at 540-772-2086 or email Roanoke County’s GIS Staff.