GIS and Cartography
One of the most important tools of community planning are accurate, up-to-date maps. Zoning, right-of-way determinations, lot divisions and parcel locations are just a few of the everyday tasks that communities, both large and small, routinely accomplish with the help of various mapping resources. Many smaller communities, however, lack the resources and/or demand to justify the staff and equipment necessary to continually produce high-quality mapping products. Recognizing this, Mo-Kan provides cartographic services for its member communities, supplying them with mapping resources as needed. In essence, the communities in the Mo-Kan region that do not have a cartographic department share mapping capabilities; capabilities which are included with their annual assessment to Mo-Kan.
Examples of Cartography Products
Aware of the rapid adoption of Geographic Information Systems as a planning tool, Mo-Kan recently began to offer these services in addition to its cartographic products. Geographic Information Systems, or GIS, can be best described as the synthesis of mapping and databases, tying information to a map to create a more complete picture. For example, a standard map of a county can be tied with data from the United States Census Bureau, showing population densities and growth trends. County commissions and regional organizations can use such growth information to make informed decisions on where to spend limited public funds to make infrastructure improvements. Further, GIS allows the combination of new imagery products, such as aerial photography and elevation models, with standard cartographic layers, such as road networks and hydrologic features. This type of product can help communities see the impact of potential public projects on private property, and assist with issues of public buy-in and promotion.
Examples of GIS Products
St. Joseph Enhanced Enterprise Zone Proposal 167k pdf
Atchison County 2000 Population by U.S. Census Block 251k pdf