Sherman’s Geographic Information System of electronic maps is now live on the city’s website and available for the public to use.
GIS is a computer-based mapping program that presents a unique picture of the city allowing users to quickly determine the locations and divisions of property and programs, among other things. For current and potential homeowners, the GIS maps may be used to see the Flood Insurance Rate Map, information on property zoning, and to determine whether homes are in the floodplain. Sherman residents may also look up the Bulk Waste and Brush Program pickup schedule for their areas of the city, or to check voting precincts, if they are registered voters.
“I expect that the public will use the GIS system for the zoning and flood plain information,” City Engineer Clay Barnett said. “This information is used not only by residents, but property owners and developers as well.”
The system can also be tailored to provide users with information like the locations of city parks, public schools and points of interest in the city. Emergency agencies may use the system to quickly find water valves, fire hydrants and flood maps from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The GIS maps were first made available to the public on the city’s website on Thursday. Sherman’s GIS project began in 2009 with the goal of improving customer service and increasing efficiency for city employees and the public. The advancement of the GIS technology is a component of the city’s Comprehensive Master Plan and was developed with funding assistance from the Sherman Economic Development Corporation.
“We will continue to add information to the public GIS map as it is developed, so I recommend that you check it often to see what new and exciting information is available,” Barnett said.