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Visalia First in County To Adopt GIS Open Data Site

Visalia is now the first government agency in Tulare County to adopt an Open Data Site for the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Division.

“Our new Open Data Site helps us provide greater customer service and save citizens and businesses money by providing free access to these data points,” says Greg Mattis, City of Visalia GIS Analyst.

Accessible through the City website (www.visalia.city), users can also visit the site “Open Visalia” directly at http://geodata.visalia.city. Once there, users find a one-stop shop for data, imagery, maps and applications all made accessible by the City of Visalia GIS Department.

“We invite the public to visit the site, check out the apps featured and look at the information available,” shares Mattis. “Before launching, a data request such as the files for Visalia city limits would cost a minimum of $30.25. Now thanks to Open Data, our most heavily requested datasets are online, free of charge and available to all.”

Created “For a Smarter Visalia,” the Open Data Site features the most requested datasets, as well as 2016 and 2018 aerial imagery. The Site features pre-set apps that include Planning Information, Crime Map, Sewer & Stormwater, City Council District lookup and more.

Thanks to search tags, users can find and download data in various geospatial formats. For example, under the Planning tag, there is Zoning, General Plan, Urban Development and Urban Growth Boundaries, Addresses and LAFCO Sphere of Influence.

If there is a dataset that isn’t available, users can connect with the GIS Division in City Hall East at 559-713-4358 or at gis@visalia.city and make a request. Depending on the nature of the request, it may require a paid fee for the records, or, if it is deemed a dataset that will be useful for the general public, it may be added to the Open Data Site.

For more information on the City of Visalia Open Data Site, contact City of Visalia GIS Analyst Greg Mattis at 559-713-4628 or at greg.mattis@visalia.city.

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