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Bucks County Debuts Maps and Data Portal at Commissioners’ Meeting

July 25, 2018

Bucks County Board of Commissioners are pleased to announce the launch and debut of their open data portal that provides citizens clear, visual information they can use.

At Wednesday’s Commissioners’ Meeting, Bucks County Planning Commission Executive Director Evan Stone premiered the launch of the “Maps and Data” open data portal now available to the public.

Developed by the county’s Planning Commission staff using GIS software by ESRI, Inc., map and data applications focus on visualizing the impact of such things as Agricultural Preservation and County Bridges. The Planning Commission focused on the idea of the open data portal when the opportunity took root to use GIS towards the efforts of fighting the opioid epidemic, realizing the importance of such a tool to departments such as the District Attorney’s Office and the Bucks County Drug and Alcohol Commission.

“Planning Commission Executive Director, Evan Stone approached me and stated that his department wanted to help us shine a light on all of the resources we have made available to fight against the opioid scourge.  He and his whole team at the Planning Commission were incredible partners with the District Attorney’s Office in the creation of this powerful new public awareness mapping resource,” said District Attorney Matthew D. Weintraub.  “This series of interactive maps show the many ways in which we are helping the public to access available resources in this life and death battle.  Please take a look at what we’ve created and give us feedback. Our goal is to keep Bucks County safe while saving lives at the same time.”

The county planning commission staff has developed data dashboards and interactive maps that now feed directly into the portal and are accessible on the homepage of the county’s website. More project initiatives will be added as they are developed. The portal is divided into three main sections of data and maps which include County Initiatives, Interactive Maps, and Exploring Data.

Currently, County Initiatives includes information on the Agricultural Land Preservation Program, Municipal Economic Development Initiative, Subdivision and Land Development Proposals, Opioid Epidemic, Bridges, and Trails program. The Interactive Maps section includes Public Transportation, Medication Collection Boxes, Parks and Recreation, Election Polling Locations, Preserved Agricultural and Open Space properties, Pipelines, and Tax Map Parcel and Floodplain viewers. Exploring Data includes Boundaries, Planning, Open Space and Agricultural Preservation, Parks and Recreation, Transportation, Community Safety, Elections, and Historic data.

The County Commissioners anticipate that by providing this tool to the public and its employees, it will improve internal efficiencies and the ability to make better-informed, data driven decisions to help solve community problems, while maintaining its environment of accountability.

“This open data initiative is not the solution to all issues that impact our Bucks County communities. However, we are confident that providing this means of access to government data, it will result in meaningful benefits to both the county and the residents and businesses we serve,” said Commissioner Chairman, Robert G. Loughery.

Please click here for access to Bucks County’s Open Data Portal.