Planner Discusses GIS, Mapping With Jo Co Commission

Jim Waller
Jim Waller

Jim Waller, Johnson County Planner and GIS Manager, gave a presentation to the county commissioners last week, letting them know what he has been working on and what he has accomplished in the last year since he has been on the job.

Waller has been updating county mapping and conforming information in the maps to APA (American Planning Association) standards to make it easier to understand.

Computerized mapping of the county has agricultural, residential, commercial and all other classifications imbedded in the mapping hardware and Waller has been cleaning up land parcels and correcting information and re-submitting the correct information into the program for better, more accurate information, also showing land ownership (city, county, private, BLM, Forest Service, etc.) within the county.

One issue of concern, he said, is a swath of land in the county that was originally owned by a railroad that he can find no current ownership on. He will be investigating that issue further.

Waller said map requests have been on the rise recently, including requests from those working on or near the Gilead Fire.

Data fee and map fee schedules have been sent to the county attorney's office for his opinion and will then be sent to the commissioners for their approval.

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