Enhanced GIS portal puts Sussex on user-friendly map

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Megan Nehrbas, Sussex County’s Geographic Information System Manager, shares information on the County’s new mapping system. (Sussex County Post/Glenn Rolfe).

GEORGETOWN – Sussex County’s ongoing commitment to make serving the public more user-friendly is now more than just a dot on the map.

At the July 28 County Council meeting, County personnel rolled out the new Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping system.

Designed to help the public better understand land use, the enhanced web-based GIS mapping portal pulls a variety of information into an interactive mapping product on the County’s website, including up-to-date zoning information, flood zones, 911 addresses, election districts, school districts, library locations and other data.

“It is just a very comprehensive mapping system that we hope you will find useful,” said Megan Nehrbas, the County’s Geographic Information System Manager.

The new mapping system went live July 28.

“It is a work in progress,” said County Administrator Todd Lawson, adding Sussex County’s new system is state-of-the-art and ranks right up there others across the nation. “We do have a few more recommendations that we’re working with – our staff and our consultants. We welcome the public’s feedback as well.”

The digital product is a more comprehensive, user-friendly service that replaces an outdated, static system that often lacked detail and up-to-date information.

The new mapping portal will show information, such as pending land use applications, in a timely manner for the more than 160,000 parcels in the county. Mapping spans from 2010 to present.

The now retired mapping information housed on county server would not be supported at the end of July, Mr. Lawson said. The old system he called “a bit clunky” and “not very reliable. The new system we hope will solve a lot of these issues and improve user interaction.”

For more information or to utilize the GIS mapping system visit the Sussex County Government website at: http://www.sussexcountyde.gov/news/new-web-based-mapping-portal-now-available.

News Editor Glenn Rolfe can be reached at grolfe@newszap.com

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