Geographic Information System (GIS) and Mapping

Digital Mapping is now available!!!  Community View provides an aerial view of property parcels. You will be able to determine whether or not your property is within the City limits, Council districts, and more. More features will be added this year.  

Click here for CommunityView.

In June of 2013, The City of McDonough started a GIS Department. Funding for this new department was allocated from funds collected through the annually assessed Storm Water Fee that is added on to the Property Tax. Prior to June 2013, all GIS related work was outsourced, costing the city many thousands of dollars each year. With this new addition to the city, McDonough will modernize the way it collects, analyzes, shares, and stores information, and it will be done in-house. This forward-thinking move will save the city thousands of dollars by reducing the amount of money spent on private consultations and man hours. Having accurate data in an easily accessible, easily deciphered way will allow city officials to make better planning decisions, recover lost revenues, reduce the effects of “Brain Drain”, and improve response times to citizen requests.

Many ask, “What in the world is GIS?” GIS is an acronym for Geographic Information Systems, or Geographic Information Science. A Geographic Information System is a way of managing data. It provides the integration of information from computers, GPS units, archived paper records, and people into one database.  It is highly effective and efficient for managing, storing, editing, and creating new information. With the proper investment, a mature GIS can transform the way a city does business. Geographic Information Science is the study of the principles and methods used to build and manage a GIS.

The City’s GIS is currently in the early stages of development. At this time, maps and tables containing tax records, zoning information, city streets, topography (2010), and aerial imagery (2010), subdivisions, city limits and election district boundaries can be provided by the GIS department.

Short term goals for this new program within the Public Works Department include:

-New Aerial and LiDAR flights in the winter of 2014

-Updated zoning map

-Assist in the creation and management of a Streetlight Utility

-Update City Limits on a continual basis to include new annexations

-Provide maps for informational use to the City Website to reduce number of calls to City Hall 

For questions regarding the City’s new GIS initiative, contact:

Ronnie Thompson, Public Works Director 
678-782-6277