Geographical Information System (GIS)

Reidsville City Hall
230 W. Morehead Street
Reidsville, NC  27320
P (336) 349-1039
F (336) 342-2355
Hours:  8:30 am to 5:00 pm                                            

 

The City of Reidsville's Geographic Information SystemGIS Mapping (GIS) can best be described as an information investment for the community. GIS is a computerized system for developing, storing, managing and analyzing spatially related data. So what does that mean? It means information is tied to a specific location, such as your home address or an "x,y" coordinate like a fire hydrant.

How can GIS help you? GIS can be used for a variety of applications from municipal mapping to determining the fastest way to route a vehicle from one location to another. In other words, it can help fire and police emergency vehicles get to you more quickly if you're having a heart attack or someone is breaking into your home.

But GIS can be used in non-emergency situations as well. You can find out details about a vacant parcel of land, including who the owner is, the zoning of the property, whether water and sewer is available to the site and whether the property is in a watershed, floodplain or historic district. All of this information is in different "layers" which can be turned on or off depending on what you want to view.

The GIS program has become a very important tool that is used by virtually every department of the City. It allows staff to get information on various areas to citizens and developers in minutes instead of hours. It helps the City fine tune services such as trash pickup and rental inspection programs. It allows staff to provide faster response to complaints such as overgrown yards, stormwater problems and condemnable houses.

The City of Reidsville uses GIS software by ESRI, Inc. The layers (shapefiles) listed may be viewed by downloading free ArcExplorer software available through the ESRI homepage. The layers also may be viewed by using ESRI's ArcGIS software.

The GIS Division is managed by Donna Setliff, CZO, Community Development Manager.  You can contact the GIS Division of the Community Development Department at 336-349-1065 to acquire GIS data layers (shapefiles) or you can email dsetliff@ci.reidsville.nc.us. Rockingham County Tax Parcel data can be accessed from the Rockingham County website, www.co.rockingham.nc.us.