GIS

Department Overview

The mission of North Reading’s Geographic Information System (GIS) program is to provide town-wide spatial information for mapping and analyzing data about our community. Initiated in 1996, GIS data captured from aerial photography included “planimetric” layers such as building footprints, roads, topography, water bodies, sidewalks, recreation features, and paved areas. Additional features were derived from GPS field collection (water and drainage utilities) or by merging GIS data with digitized maps (parcels and wetlands mapping). Other GIS layers were added for regulatory, informational, or Town operations purposes, including zoning, overlay districts, voting precincts, federal census, flood zones, and snowplow routes. Data maintenance by Town staff is an on-going process, using a variety of sources including digital imagery from MassGIS and Pictometry, GPS field collection, and survey plans.

Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Michael Soraghan Town Engineer (978) 664-6026
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