Geographic Information System

Since 1992 the Schenectady County Planning Department, with help from an Environmental Protection Agency grant, has been expanding its Geographic Information System (GIS). Our GIS has grown in to a state-of-the art system with an extensive list of computer-generated themes. The GIS is an important tool for County administrators-providing assistance in the information requests, creation of maps and demonstrations for various projects. The GIS staff also provides technical assistance to local municipalities, public organizations and private businesses within Schenectady County. Some of the issues studied with the GIS are economic development, land use and zoning changes, natural resource inventories, agricultural preservation and riverfront development. 

The GIS also provides a depository for aerial photographs and maps. Digital aerial photos (ortho-imagery) are available at the Planning Department for viewing purposes only.

Available maps include original maps created for specific planning studies such as the Aquifer Protection Zones (PLATE 1), Agricultural Districts, Parks Inventory and other municipal base maps. Some of these maps are available for distribution and may require a fee. 

GIS Day is held every November during Nation Geography Awareness Week to make residents aware of our GIS Capabilities. County Planning hosts an open house, and gives a presentation how we use GIS in planning projects through the county.

Related Links:

Cornell University Geospatial Information Repository

New York State Dept. of Transportation

New York State GIS Clearing House

USGS Earth Science Information Center





Dept. of Economic Dev. & Planning
Schaffer Heights, Suite 303
107 Nott Terrace
Schenectady NY 12308
(518) 386-2225 (p)
(518) 382-5539 (f)

Ray Gillen