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  • Revitalization With A Little Help From GIS

    Friday, December 13, 10:30 am - 11:00 am
    West Hall A – Area B
    Learning Lounges
    Track 3: SmartCities and Communities
    The City of Burlington has been working to revitalize its downtown through redevelopment of vacant and underutilized properties for more than a decade. While the quality of the building stock in downtown Burlington is exceptional and boasts many historic buildings, several properties have environmental conditions that have limited redevelopment. In order to make informed decisions on how to best allocate grant funds, an existing conditions of the study area was completed to determine potential catalyst sites for redevelopment. We used ESRI’s ArcGIS Collector and Survey123 applications to gather data on the study area. An assessment team walked the study area with tablets and entered data on individual sites using a form-based survey. A total of 267 properties were surveyed and the data was available in real time on an interactive map. Multiple photos of the structures and streetscapes were also taken and uploaded through the survey form. The data collected from the survey included: Current Land Use, Building Materials/Condition, Accessibility, Visible Hazardous Materials or Chemical Storage, Sidewalk Condition, Parking Availability, Street Lighting and Type and Businesses. The assessment data was uploaded to an online interactive map that showed the results of the assessment. The interactive map was designed to be public, so it was accessible to anyone with a link and was posted to the project’s website (
    Ryan Peterson
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