Spring Branch – Super Neighborhood North Meeting
Monday, Sept 25th a6 6:30 PM
Larry Nierth, GISP – GIS Manager, City of Houston Planning and Development Department
Larry has been very busy in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey mapping the storm information and effects.
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
GIS is a computer system capable of capturing, storing, analyzing, and displaying geographically referenced information or data. The P&D Department has developed an enterprise level GIS to serve the entire City of Houston. The goal of the GIS division is to serve the geographic information system and geospatial needs of the City of Houston across departments and among all staff and citizens.
At the 2015 Neighborhoods USA (NUSA) 40th Annual Conference on Neighborhood concerns, Larry Nierth presented a workshop entitled “GIS in City Support and Planning” describing how Geographic Information Systems (GIS) has become a prolific tool that aids in the analysis of complex spatial problems and explored how GIS can help residents and government officials study and develop strategies to address various neighborhood issues. Items discussed included utilizing GIS for identifying locations of high-flood risk, using GIS to track historical properties to aid in historic preservation and utilizing GIS to test for potential ordinance violations and ordinance compliance. This workshop illustrated the use of GIS from the perspective of supporting the City of Houston’s Planning Department project goals.