Archived News Release from 2010
For Immediate Release
Redwood City Unveils New “City Projects” Construction Information Web Page
Redwood City, CA - July 16, 2010 - As part of its “Community GIS” web page, Redwood City is offering a new layer of online mapping information that provides details about ongoing City construction projects. The “City Projects” page is located at www.redwoodcity.org/gis (in the “City Projects” folder), and it provides a City map with colored, numbered dots showing the location of City-sponsored construction projects. By “control/clicking” on one of the dots, information about that project is displayed on the page, as the map zooms-in to show a more detailed location including the project limits.
The information includes the type of project, its status, estimated start and end dates, the City engineer and inspector, the contractor, and construction photos, if available. Further, when a specific address is entered into the Community GIS search engine, the results include reference to any City construction project within 300 feet of that property.
“This new layer on our Community GIS gives the public easy access to information about the City’s construction projects,” said Peter Ingram, City Manager. “In the face of diminishing resources, this is the kind of technology that provides the public with City information in a creative and efficient manner, offering more transparency and accountability to the community.” Redwood City’s Community GIS page also has a wealth of other layers of information, covering schools and day care centers, neighborhood associations, census and demographics details, zoning, parks, parcel information, and more.
GIS (Geographic Information System) is a computer-based mapping tool that takes information from a database about a location – such as streets, water features, parks, census data, parcel information, and more – and turns it into visual layers on a map, while also providing detailed data about that location. Redwood City uses an internal GIS function in planning, redevelopment, community outreach, demographic analysis, economic development, and other areas.
For the community, a special GIS page was developed, which does not require any special software or skills – it’s easy for anyone to just go online to www.redwoodcity.org/gis and explore the depth of mapping information available. And now, with this new layer of information, details on the City’s construction projects is just a mouse-click away.
Visit Redwood City’s website at www.redwoodcity.org for information about the City and its services, the community, recreation programs, education, and local business. Subscribe to Redwood City’s electronic newsletter or other City documents at www.redwoodcity.org/egov.
Public Communications Manager