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New mapping Web site on CRgov.com February 18, 2009

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Wonder what election district you’re in, who your Town Council representative is or what your house looks like from a bird’s-eye view? The answers to these queries are just a click away now that Town of Castle Rock Geographic Information Systems has made its latest mapping technology available to the public.

IT Manager Kevin Capp and GIS Administrator Bobbie Peters unveiled the new Web site at the Feb. 17 Town Council meeting.

“Our GIS Division is pleased to launch a Web page that citizens can use to access information about the town, 24/7. We hope that residents find the site to be a useful tool where they can get answers to their questions and maybe learn a little about what GIS has to offer,” Peters said.

She told Council that residents could log on to CRgov.com any time of the day or night to access such information as:

The zoning (permissible uses) of a property
The distance from their house to a fire hydrant for insurance purposes
Snow plowing route priorities
Search tools for specific addresses or nearby parks
Residents also can zoom in on an area and print the map for themselves, or e-mail the PDF of their custom-made map to a friend.

Councilman Joe Procopio has already used the system at home to do just that. “It’s a wonderful technological breakthrough that’s going to be helpful to the Town. I’ve used it and even created an attachment to send in a letter to try to resolve a Castlewood Ranch issue,” he said.

IT Manager Kevin Capp says that the GIS mapping will be a helpful economic development tool for the Town and business owners alike. “Prospective business owners, developers and land owners will be able to do research any time they want on land use, [features of the area] and other mapping functions they’ve previously had to call Town staff to get.”

One helpful feature is that when a user zooms in on an area and clicks the “identify” button, there are embedded links that will take the user to more in-depth information. For instance, a user could find out the description for a particular zoning type or get the contact information for their Councilmember.

Down the road, Peters said the site will link into Douglas County information such as the County Assessor’s Office, where a user could access information on property values, for instance.

To access the new GIS mapping Web site, simply go to http://www.CRgov.com/GIS and click on “Online Interactive Maps,” located about halfway down that page.

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