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Online mapping tool brings the community meeting to you

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Clive residents, businesses and visitors are involved in community planning and design from the comfort of their own homes. Since January, they’ve been using a Web application to submit perspectives, comments or photos about the community and locate them on the map. Chris Seeger, an associate professor and extension landscape architect for ISU Extension and Outreach, developed the community assessment tool, building on previous projects and using Google Maps API.

“It is another avenue for citizens to give their input without actually having to go to a meeting,” said Alex Pfaltzgraff, a planner from the City of Clive. The online option gives local officials and planners another way to collect community input.

This article appeared in May 2012 -- From Cathann Kress Newsletter