Intern creates GIS portal at Leland, online development tracking tool now online



An online GIS portal for the Town of Leland is now online. Interactive maps currently show existing zoning districts and residential and commercial development activities. (Screenshot from Port City Daily / Courtesy City of Leland)

LELAND – A student at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington interning in the city of Leland has helped create an online mapping portal for the growing city.

The Geographic Information System (GIS) online portal is now online, providing simplified public access to interactive zoning maps.

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Leland has applied to be matched with eligible students to create both a GIS portal and community engagement projects through the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW) and the State Employees Credit Union (SECU ) Public scholarship 2019 program.

Autumn Skoog, a computer science graduate, helped the city launch its GIS portal. Miles Barefoot, a young political science student, wrote a public engagement plan to help the city increase its community outreach efforts.

“The planning process has to be very public, so Miles has set up a base for us on how to do it, and Autumn has set up the base for us to release information to the public,” said Ben Andrea, director of Leland’s planning at a Planning Council meeting on Tuesday. “The options are pretty limitless on what this mapping capability can do. “

The Skoog portal, which hosts interactive zoning and development trackers, is now live. A new development tracker, created by Leland’s senior planner Matt Kirkland, includes options to view commercial and residential development activity within city limits.

In a presentation to Leland’s planning council on Tuesday, Skoog said city staff can continue to add maps to the user-friendly system she designed. Interactive maps showing evacuation routes, flood zones, public parks, polling places, government offices and road projects are marked on the portal as “coming soon”.

Explore Leland new GIS portal, available online now.

Send advice and feedback to Johanna Ferebee at [email protected]

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