Geographic Information Systems

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is part of the Information Technology (IT) Applications division. IT Applications staff who specialize in GIS are responsible for administering, creating, maintaining, and operating the City’s GIS data, which is integrated throughout the City's GIS-centric business applications. Daily operations include: supporting the City’s enterprise GIS-centric business applications; creating and maintaining GIS map applications for the public; maintaining data in the GIS database; leading data capture/conversion projects; creating customized maps and reports for staff; assisting with mailings for City project notifications; and providing digital data and maps to City contractors, consultants, and the public.

At the City of Encinitas, GIS is used to…

• Find out detailed site information
• Assist the public
• Perform all aspects of Land Records 
• Assist with the annual NPDES report
• Manage Clean Water best management practices (BMPs)
• Conduct dry weather monitoring
• Inspect storm water complaints
• Determine inspection prioritization
• Assist fire personnel with response calls
• Inspect fire hydrants
• Assist in emergency operations
• Map fire pre-plans
• Manage coastal bluffs
• Help make decisions in SAC meetings
• Assist with plan check review 
• Manage affordable housing
• Manage and maintain City assets
• Comply with regulations
• Help determine budget
• Help determine project costs
• Assist with project and event notification mailings

What is GIS?

A GIS allows you to integrate different layers of information, which means you can much more easily see the whole picture. GIS is used to help make many work processes more efficient and effective because approximately 80% of all business data has a location component. Linking location to information applies to many aspects of decision making in business and the community. 

 

By providing staff the ability to query and analyze mapped information, staff are better equipped to provide recommendations on City policy, service improvements, and future community developments. 
GIS has become increasingly important to the work flow processes of the City by integrating data from all departments in a visual way and by providing interactive and user-friendly mapping and analysis capabilities.