The map works similar to Google Maps or other GIS systems where users can move the map by clicking and dragging and can zoom in or out within city limits. Each project under construction in the city is represented with a numbered pin and is named. There are currently 52 projects, including public, private and school construction.
Each also has sitemaps attached, and most have renderings to show how it should look when finished. Click on the project name on the left side of the screen where they are all in a numbered list, or click on the right lot on the map for more details.
Caleb Davidson, the city’s urban designer, has been working on the project for almost two years, mostly since he started working for the city.
“It’s something they’ve wanted to do for a while,” Davidson said. “They just didn’t have the resources or the staff to do it.”
The city will update the map monthly adding new projects once the plans have been approved by the city and launching the projects once they are completed. The city has talked about making a similar map to show upcoming events in the city, Davidson said, but details are still being worked out. Right now, they don’t want to add more functions to this card because it would be overloaded and less user-friendly, he said.
Since the map was presented to city council members during their meeting on September 16, Davidson said, the map has been one of the most viewed pages on the city’s website. Council members said the project would help them have a place to refer residents, as they are frequently asked about different construction projects in the city.
Hall County is interested in investigating a similar project, spokeswoman Katie Crumley said, but it would be more difficult for them than a smaller jurisdiction like Gainesville.
“The number of construction projects underway in unincorporated Hall County is exponentially larger simply because of the size of the county relative to any of its municipalities,” Crumley wrote in an email. Friday September 24. “That being said, researching and implementing something similar on our end would take a considerable amount of time.
Through the project, Davidson said he had a better understanding of the city’s growth. The map shows projects clustered around downtown, New Holland, and along Highway 53 and Pearl Nix Parkway.
The project can benefit residents and those looking to develop in the city, so that they can have a clearer vision of what is already happening.
“You get a good idea that there are a lot of people who want to be in Gainesville right now,” Davidson said.