The Information Technology Advancement Project (ITAP) is the City’s technology initiative sponsored by BDS to move the City's development review process to a paperless system. The paperless process will allow online access to the City bureaus' permitting and case services.
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are a significant component of ITAP and involves interfaces between the ITAP system and several other systems. GIS specialists from the Bureau of Technology Services (BTS) are working closely with the ITAP team to develop comprehensive GIS solutions for the project. Functionality will include the ability to view a wide range of mapping layers for properties, such as flood plains and zoning designations, within the permit system. These GIS datasets will also ensure that BDS staff is using the most up to date and authoritative information when issuing permits.
Portland Maps is the City website which allows people a user-friendly view into a wide range of data regarding specific properties in the City. Currently, the City’s central GIS workgroup is developing an upgrade to Portland Maps to optimize it for use with mobile devices and to increase functionality across the board. New features will include self-location with GIS-enabled devices, the ability to bookmark properties, enhanced utility line mapping, and connections with social media portals. The City will invite public feedback on the beta version of the application upon its release, which is scheduled for May, 2015. When it is released, you will be able to access the beta version from a link that will be added to the Portland Maps main page at www.portlandmaps.com.