What is GIS?
Simply put, a Geographic Information System (GIS) combines layers of information about a place to give you a better understanding of that place. What layers of information you combine depends on your purpose—finding the best location for a new store, analyzing environmental damage, viewing house fires in a town to detect a pattern, and so on.
Each piece of information in the map sits on a layer, and the users turn on or off the layers according to their needs. One layer could be made up of all the roads in an area. Another could represent all the zoning.
The image below shows a map of the Town of Lincoln, exposing some of the layers used by the Town to create its maps, depending on what information is needed.
The Town of Lincoln has constructed a GIS program for the public use on its website called Community Pal. The public can access street names, addressing, parcel lines, zoning of a property and aerial imagery.
A user will need to turn on the relevant layers (ie. Zoning) on the upper right-hand side of the CommunityPal to make the information visible. Please note that the Town of Lincoln is updating the Town's Zoning By-law on a regular basis. Contact the Planning and Development Department to confirm the zoning of a property.