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ISU to Assist Hawarden in Developing Land Use Database

Hawarden Zoning Map

10/13/2006

HAWARDEN, Iowa – A computerized geodatabase that will provide detailed information on all land within the Hawarden city limits is the goal of a project under development by the City of Hawarden and the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) diagnostics program at Iowa State University.

Mônica A. Haddad, an assistant professor of Community and Regional Planning at ISU who directs the program, said the database will allow the city to provide information to property owners that is more accurate and more detailed than what was available under old manual systems. Data available will include information such as property boundary lines, sizes of parcels, and ownership, assessed values, and tax data for all property within the city. City officials also will be able to print maps of individual parcels and of land use within the city.

The database assistance was requested by Hawarden City Manager Jason Metten, and the project will include training for city employees to maintain the database after the initial development is completed. Haddad is being assisted in development of the database by Daniel Nack, an electrical engineering graduate student at ISU who has completed the GIS certification program offered by the ISU Department of Community and Regional Planning.

Haddad said the project should be completed by the end of the year and ready for Hawarden officials to take over operation of the system. She said the system offers a good demonstration of how GIS technology can be used to support the management of small communities and provide a savings in personnel costs.

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Contacts :

Mônica Haddad, Ph.D., Community and Regional Planning, (515) 294-8979, haddad@iastate.edu

Del Marks, Extension Communications and Marketing, (515) 294-9807, delmarks@iastate.edu

A high-resolution graphic of the Hawarden city zoning map is available for use as an illustration with this story: Hawarden.jpg [2.4 MB]