Geographic Information System, or GIS, is an information system used to input, store, retrieve, modify, analyze, and output geospatial or geographically referenced information. Layers of information can be created for specific land areas in order to analyze the impacts of land use or measure the suitability of particular locations for new land uses. The Erie County Department of Planning and Community Development participates actively with other Erie County departments and with local, state, and federal agencies in exchanges of such information.
The Department of Planning and Community Development maintains an extensive collection of statistical and mapped geographic information, much of which is available both in paper and digital formats.
The Municipal GIS Outreach Program is a program instituted by the Erie County Department of Planning and Community Development to get GIS data in the hands of Erie County municipalities. Erie County Department of Planning and Community Development provides access for Erie County municipalities the services of EagleView Connect Explorer. This access is available for all municipal employees to view GIS layers and their interaction with the latest imagery provided by EagleView. For municipal employees to gain access, please contact the Erie County Department of Planning and Community Development.
The municipalities are given data layers including:
- Aerial imagery
- Base mapping data
- FEMA flood zones
- Assessment information
- Public Safety information