In 2006 The City of Brampton migrated their Official Plan and Zoning information into the Corporate Enterprise GIS system. This initiative was a partnership between Information Technology’s GIS Services and the Planning, Design and Development department. The Zoning information was launched on the city’s Corporate Enterprise GIS intranet in mid 2006. The migration has provided city staff with easy access to zoning information related to a property and the associated zoning By-Law documents. Since the migration the city has estimated a combined annualized timesavings of one full time staff. This savings is based on Zoning Examiners saving a minimum of 10 minutes per zoning request received from the public and/or city staff. Currently there are approximately 40 – 50 zoning information requests per day. The planned launch of the city’s Official Plan on the Corporate Enterprise GIS intranet in spring of 2007 is expected to yield similar timesavings and at the same time improve service levels.
GIS in Peel Planning - Presented by Sarah Cannon from the Region of Peel
The Region of Peel Planning department uses GIS in a variety of different ways. This presentation will summarize the ways in which GIS is used to plan services, analyse, update and conform to policies, create forecasts and communicate with the public. An overview of the Planning department’s use of GIS within the corporate context (including future directions) will also be presented.
Use of GIS in Planning for Growth - Presented by Margaret Parkin from the Region of Waterloo
As growth management becomes a priority for many municipalities, due to their own initiatives, or through Places to Grow legislation, it becomes clear that geospatial data and analysis tools are key to understanding the potential impacts of growth. From population forecasting based on land availability, to 3D visualization of future streetscapes, calculation of population and employment densities in various neighbourhoods, monitoring water capacity, and understanding the impacts of a growing and aging population, GIS tools are prevalent in our municipal planning environments. This presentation will highlight these examples of GIS in planning at the Region of Waterloo.