Beginning last year Lafourche Parish began the process of creating a Comprehensive Geographical Information System. This will allow all Parish agencies to have access to the highest quality, digital map information. The Planning Department is ensuring growth in the Parish is involved at many levels of and allow information and decision-making tools that GIS can best provide. Business attraction and expansion activities, for example, rely heavily on geographic information for physical site selection, analysis of work force, and related activities. Furthermore, developers and planners must balance economic development and growth with natural disasters, infrastructure improvement, and development assistant to residents. These tasks involve many layers of complexity related to the analytical power of GIS tools.
As Lafourche continues to become more positioned to make effective use of our GIS services, it will minimize duplication of services and create a more stable fiscal atmosphere. Central functions of GIS include maintaining a framework of data and we have we have partnered with Nicholls State University to update many of the datasets to form a crucial foundation.
Agencies will then put these GIS capabilities directly into the hands of governmental agencies who will benefit by streamlining application processes and keeping accurate inventories of infrastructure capabilities around the Parish. This also includes intra-government correspondences within the Parish, regionally, and nationally.
Soon everyone in the Parish will benefit directly from GIS, as an online application will provide non-sensitive information (excluding private records and national security protection). This will also eventually cycle into GPS navigational systems as to keep updated addresses and streets. It will also begin to geographically identify crucial emergency buildings like fire stations, police stations, and hospitals. In addition it will identify recreational areas like parks, boat launches, historical sites, and walking/biking trails.
The GIS system will also be very useful during a natural disaster event by giving agencies accurate infrastructure databases to determine in affected areas in the future. In the future, it will also assist in better modeling for a storm event, while giving much more accurate information to use during evacuation and re-entering. GIS will also assist floodplain management in identifying floodprone areas and can be queried for graphically displayed maps and analysis. By overlaying or intersecting different geographical layers, floodprone areas can be identified and targeted for mitigation or stricter floodplain management practices.
In the interim, if you encounter errors in your GPS tracking system or on various online mapping website, let us know in the form below. This data is most likely a reflection of the data we are using.