GIS / Planning & Zoning
GIS / Planning & Zoning
It is our mission to help Geary County fulfill its vision by providing technical support to taxpayers, County and City departments, and regional groups as we work together to build, finance, protect, support, and create an equitable, sustainable, and healthy community for present and future generations
* Due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases and the latest public health order issued by the Geary County Health Department, this office will be conducting business by telephone or email only. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. *
What is GIS?
A geographic information system (GIS) lets us visualize, question, analyze, and interpret data to understand relationships, patterns, and trends.
Analysis lets you evaluate suitability and capability, estimate and predict, interpret and understand, and much more, lending new perspectives to your insight and decision-making.
What is Planning?
The goal of planning is to maximize the health, safety, and economic well-being of all people living in our communities. This involves thinking about how we can move around our community, how we can attract and retain thriving businesses, where we want to live, and opportunities for recreation. Planning helps create communities of lasting value.
Through collaboration and partnerships between various community organizations, City/County Departments, and citizens, the Planning Department works to make recommendations on how to proceed that are consistent with short-term and long-term planning initiatives.
What is Zoning?
Zoning is the way that governments control the development of land and the kinds of uses allowed on individual property.
Zoning laws typically specify the areas in which residential, industrial, recreational or commercial activities may take place.
Besides restricting the uses that can be made of land and buildings, zoning laws also may regulate the dimensional requirements for lots and for buildings on property located within the town, the density of development, and whether you can have pigeons, dogs, sheep or llamas. Some zoning ordinances also regulate the extraction of natural resources from land within the zoned area, others provide space for hospitals, parks, schools, and open space and still others protect places of historical significance within the community.