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Salt Lake County Gis On The Hill

Posted By SLCo Maps
March 08, 2016

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Over 90 mapping professionals converged on the Capitol Building Tuesday, March 1st to participate in the fifth incarnation of Maps on the Hill. Sponsored by the Utah Geographic Information Council, the event targeted lawmakers in the midst of the 2016 Legislative session. Event participants were encouraged to present interesting maps and technology applicable to a wide audience that would appeal to decision makers.

Representatives from three Salt Lake County (SLCo) agencies participated in this year’s Maps on the Hill. Casey Sledge, from the Recorder’s Office, presented SLCo Parcel Growth, an online application focusing on population and development trends along the Wasatch Front. Since 1980, the number of parcels in Salt Lake County increased 36.2% from 238,000 to 373,000 in 2015.

Casey Sledge


Mark Miller, from the Surveyor’s Office, presented two ongoing projects. The Foothill and Canyons Overlay Zone uses LiDAR data to identify areas of slope ranging between 25 and 35 percent, and areas greater than 35 percent, (see page 52 of map book for more information). Miller also presented data regarding Utah State Bill 199 – Community Preservation which changed the way areas of unincorporated SLCo are governed. 

Phil Lanouette and Mark Miller
(Phil Lanouette on left and Mark Miller on right)

Alex Rudowski, from Public Works Flood Control Engineering, presented an online application telling the story of the 1983 flood which brought record breaking stream flow throughout the Salt Lake Valley and flooded State Street. (available soon).

Alex Rudowski

"The event has grown a lot since 2012," said Maps on the Hill organizer Jessie Pechmann, "there were a lot more legislators stopping by." For more information on the content featured at Maps on the Hill 2016 check out the map book.