(ROANOKE COUNTY, VA) April 23, 2014 – Roanoke County has launched a new generation of public geographic information system (GIS) applications that allow greater and easier access to the County’s mapping, tax parcel, zoning, and government services data.
The new applications can be found in the new Maps & Apps Gallery through the County’s GIS page at www.roanokecountyva.gov/GIS. The gallery includes several single-focused applications for the most popular day-to-day uses, real estate parcel and tax information, government services, and voter information.
A separate desktop computer application leverages new technology to provide citizens with three dimensional imagery of the County. Several of the applications feature a distinctive new “Property Report” feature that combines parcel data, three dimensional views, and map data all in one convenient report, much like the popular website Zillow.
Professional and power users of Roanoke County’s GIS data will be able to access advanced tools with the new OneView application also found in the Maps & Apps Gallery.
The new GIS applications are designed with the latest technology to serve the expectations of a growing audience of mobile and casual users. Most applications in the gallery are optimized to be “mobile friendly” for use on smartphones and tablets, and all of the applications are more accessible to a wider array of modern desktop and mobile Internet browsers.
“Along with greater accessibility, the framework behind the new GIS applications is more flexible as well,” GIS Manager David Wray said. “This enables staff to more easily maintain the applications in-house, add new features when available, and create new GIS applications as needed.” Efficient delivery of technology services is a core mission for Roanoke County’s GIS Services group under Communications and Information Technology.
“We now have a platform we can use to deliver new services and products to support the needs of our citizen and business users,” said CommIT Director Bill Hunter. “This launch is just the first step for GIS services in Roanoke County. Expect to see more citizen-focused, GIS-enabled tools and applications in the future.”
Public Demonstrations Locations and Times
Thursday April 24, 2014 at 10:00 am
South County Library Auditorium
6303 Merriman Road
Roanoke, VA 24018
Wednesday April 30, 2014 at 2:00 pm
Glenvar Library - Meeting Room
3917 Daugherty Road
Salem, VA 24153
Thursday May 1, 2014 at 2:00 pm
Green Ridge Recreation Center –Room B
7415 Woodhaven Road
Roanoke, VA 24019
For more informtion about the public demonstrations, please call (540) 777-8571.