The MMDC uses GIS software to produce graphics and over 500 specialty maps. Through the years of operation, the Commission has always provided a means of assisting clientele with their mapping needs. The Commission began offering GIS mapping services back in 1996. Since that time the Commission has made over 500 specialty maps for a variety of clients. By moving into GIS, the Commission offers a much more sophisticated level of computer map-making that is tied to databases. Thus, not only can staff quickly and easily update maps, but can use the software program to make in-depth analysis. GIS is a “computer-based tool for mapping and analyzing things that exist and events that happen on earth. GIS technology integrates common database operations such as query and statistical analysis with the unique visualization and geographic analysis benefits offered by maps.” (ESRI)
GIS has become widely used in recent years. There are limitless applications for where and how it can be used. Major areas of application include: urban planning, zoning, plan reviews, transportation planning, environmental impact and management analysis, vehicle routing, public facilities management, and business location analysis to name just a few.
The following are examples of MMDC GIS maps. (click to enlarge)