Snohomish County, WA provides real-time updates on road maintenance with Road Closure Map
The interactive map shows county roads that have recently reopened or are currently closed for repairs. Public works staff place red dots on exact work locations and green dots on areas that were just repaired. Each dot is clickable for an estimated completion time and reasons for closure. Snohomish County issues real-time updates Monday through Thursday and during weather emergencies. The Road Closure Map will evolve as part of the county's Continuous Improvement Process.
Snohomish County, WA
Charlottetown, PEI quantifies the benefits of foliage with the Street and Park Tree Inventory
City officials worked with Davey Resource Group to gather tree data. This comprehensive inventory found more than 11,000 trees on city streets and parks. A public map lists the species, trunk diameter, and street for each tree. Map users discover the estimated ecological benefits of trees including sequestered emissions and gallons of water saved. City departments provide daily updates from field workers that inform tree plantings and maintenance.
Charlottetown, PEI creates Natural Assets Inventory for clearer picture of natural resources
The inventory captures the current condition of every forest, green space, and waterway within city limits. City staffers and Municipal Natural Assets Initiative are also assessing the public benefits and long-term needs of these assets. The Natural Assets Inventory will start as an internal resource with a public-facing portal under consideration. Charlottetown officials use the inventory to achieve a balance between ecological, community, and development considerations.
Windsor, ON created an online map to showcase community investments and project progress
The City of Windsor created an online map to showcase the number and variety of its community investments. The user-friendly investment map provides the exact location and overall progress information for over 376 capital investments. The projects viewable on the investment map range from neighbourhood sidewalk improvements to city-wide master plans. Users can apply filters to focus on specific categories and zoom into individual neighbourhoods.
West Torrens, SA educates public on green infrastructure with Rain Garden Interpretive Trail
West Torrens produced an interactive map with a narrative about the council's 10 public rain gardens. Each garden on the map includes photos, an explainer on native plants used, and a description of challenges and benefits. The gardens were placed at speed bumps, medians, and parking lots in local suburbs to filter stormwater before it returns to waterways. Council leaders created the interpretive trail to promote active travel and indigenous plant use.
West Torrens, SA
North Vancouver, BC installed new 10-minute curbside pickup zones to help businesses during COVID-19
The City of North Vancouver installed a number of new curbside pickup zones as part of the Open Streets program. These 10-minute zones were designed to help local businesses by providing customers with quick and easy access from their vehicles. The city created these zone specifically due to the increase in take-out services and curbside pickup options resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. The city published maps online detailing the locations of all of its curbside pickup zones.
North Vancouver, BC
Stratford District Council, NZ published maps online to showcase its new Dog Control Policy
Stratford District Council published maps online to showcase its new Control of Dogs Bylaw and Dog Control Policy. The maps define each area where residents are required to walk their dog on a leash, off-leash exercise areas, and prohibited areas. Residents can download the map from the Council's website or pickup a physical copy from the Council's Service Centre.
Stratford District Council, NZ
North Sydney, NSW uses engagement with residents and businesses to define Mobile Parklet pilot
The Mobile Parklet is a pre-built seating area with foliage that allows open-air commerce in compliance with distancing standards. North Sydney seeks community suggestions on where to locate the parklet during four six-week placements. The project survey includes an interactive map that documents the exact location of the user's suggested parklet spot. Selected locations receive free installation and use of the parklet on adjacent parking spots during the pilot period.
North Sydney, NSW
Waterloo, ON reaches out to residents for help with neighbourhood asset mapping project
The city is using feedback from a virtual summit and survey responses to populate a map of gathering places. Residents can also contribute suggestions by placing pins on a draft map. A one-month testing process prior to a soft launch allows residents to shape the final product. This map will detail indoor and outdoor spaces for community events during COVID-19 and beyond. Asset map users find capacity, reservation, and facility information for each location.
Ku-ring-gai, NSW places residents within 3D simulations of bushfires during Simtable workshops
The council held workshops over a six-month period as part of its involvement in Climate Wise Communities. The focal point of each session was a 3D map of the region with accurate vegetation and fuel sources. Workshop leaders invited participants to place flags near their homes before showing the impacts of potential bushfires. Ku-ring-gai followed simulations with resources for protecting properties and developing emergency plans.
Cornwall Council, GB presents resources to fight food insecurity on Help with Food map
Council officials worked with local groups to populate an interactive map of community food sources. Each pin on the map can be activated for service summaries, available hours, and contacts. Help with Food is housed on an engagement page with a comment section for technical issues and suggestions. Map users also learn about volunteer delivery of groceries as well as local stores with their own delivery services.
Cornwall Council, GB
Olathe, KS shares the statistics used in making public policy decisions on its Open Data Portal
The portal's web applications map topics ranging from historic properties to traffic counts. Researchers can access data sets on zoning, future land use, and public safety from a searchable library. The city's GIS team produced narratives for the fire and public works departments to show how open data can be used. Each narrative highlights recent departmental achievements using maps, visualizations, and brief descriptions.