Located on the first floor of the county courthouse between the offices of the County Clerk and Treasurer, the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Department provides mapping support for all of the county offices, all levels of the government, private organizations, and the public.
The GIS datasets maintained by the department include, but are not limited to, land ownership parcel mapping, zoning, transportation, addresses, boundaries, hydrology, geologic, elevation, PLSS, and aerial imagery. The GIS department manages and maintains all address assignments and road naming for unincorporated areas of Buffalo County. In addition to supporting the mapping needs of the E911 dispatch center, Emergency Management, Conservation, and Zoning offices, the GIS Department also provides mapping services to many other government and private agencies, as well as the general public. The mapping data the department maintains facilitates informed decision-making, long-range planning, development review, and permitting functions within the county.
The goal of the GIS Department is to support the modernization of the county-wide land information system dedicated to serving the needs of our community. This will involve the sharing of data and gathering of resources to produce land-related information.
These efforts will improve the accessibility and provide a means to compare and analyze data. As a result, the GIS Department will maintain current land information and develop new applications for the benefit of those interested in Buffalo County.
"Knowing where things are, and why, is essential to rational decision making” Jack Dangermond, Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI)