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City building, zoning information to become more accessible to public


Last updated 8/1/2016 at 5:51pm

The City of Pittsburgh is implementing a new mapping tool to make building permit and zoning information easy to search and view. 

Legislation was introduced to Pittsburgh City Council last week to purchase software and support services from "buildingeye," a firm that builds interactive city maps to track planning, permit, license and violation data. 

Through the data visualization tool, residents, businesses, developers and others will be able to view and search a detailed map showing all building and zoning data happening in every neighborhood citywide. The tool is currently used by city and county governments in San Francisco, Colorado, Oregon and elsewhere.

Visitors to the site will be able to sign up for alerts notifying them whenever permits, location-based licenses or violations occur in their neighborhood, City Council district, or block. Visitors will also be able to report alleged violations through an interface with the City's 311 office.

The new site is expected to launch this fall. 

"With this tool, residents will no longer be forced to call their Council member or visit the city's downtown offices to obtain basic public information," said Councilman Dan Gilman. "Residents will now be able to track what's happening in their neighborhoods in real time with a click of a button." 

The project is a joint effort by the Department of Permits, Licenses & Inspections and the Department of City Planning. 

"This will allow everyone the ability to access building permit and violation information online, and in a visually understandable way," PLI Director Maura Kennedy said. 

Currently those seeking such information have to search through online spreadsheets, or PLI's violation database, or visit the PLI and zoning offices downtown.

"This technology is not only easy to use, but will bring further transparency and efficiency to our services," said Planning Director Ray Gastil. 

The cost of the contract is $126,000


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