G3: Oral Presentation C Thursday, 2:30 – 3:00 pm C French River Room

The Fargo-Moorhead Advanced Metropolitan GIS Plan

Brian St. George
PlanSight, LLC
2179 4th Street Suite 2-D
White Bear Lake, MN  55110

Chad Coziahr
Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Council of Governments
Case Plaza Suite 232
1 N 2nd St
Fargo, ND  58102

As all of the jurisdictions within the Fargo-Moorhead metropolitan area become increasingly active in GIS, the need for a coordinated approach to GIS data development and access becomes very important. If each of the jurisdictions develops data in separate ways or creates GIS tools or applications separately, there will surely be substantial duplication of efforts among the jurisdictions. The purpose behind the Advanced Metropolitan GIS Plan is to ensure that there is a common, regional approach to the development and use of GIS. The plan attempts to identify and document common goals among jurisdictions and determine the best approach for jointly reaching those goals.

The Fargo-Moorhead Council of Governments (F-M COG) initiated the Advanced Metropolitan GIS Plan project. F-M COG currently uses GIS data from each of the jurisdictions coupled with its own data to support its planning efforts. Obtaining needed GIS data from each of the jurisdictions and then combining it into a single, regional GIS database has proved to be very problematic due to the diverse ways each jurisdiction manages its data. A regional, coordinated approach to GIS data development, management, and use, adopted and adhered to by each of the jurisdictions, would dramatically simplify many of the GIS issues being faced by F-M COG staff. Previous attempts to do this, such as the creation of the DEODEC Standards, have provided a old framework for the development of a more collaborative regional GIS program. However, additional steps need to be taken to ensure that all of the jurisdictions are “on the same page” and at common level of GIS. The Advanced Metropolitan GIS Plan is intended to guide the region through the development of a collaborative, multi-jurisdictional GIS.