City of Raleigh Wins 2016 Digital Edge 25 Award

News posted May 06, 2016 - 12:00 pm

The City of Raleigh’s Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) mapping application has received a 2016 Digital Edge 25 Award from IDG Enterprise. The award recognizes 25 organizations for digital transformation initiatives with significant, measurable business impact. IDG Enterprise is an enterprise technology media company composed of CIO, Computerworld, CSO, InfoWorld, ITworld and Network World.

Raleigh’s Department of City Planning and the City's Information Technology Department collaborated to develop the mapping application during a city-initiated remapping of new zoning districts under the UDO. The interactive application provided the public a simple, intuitive way to visualize and compare current zoning districts with the proposed zoning changes. City planners and citizens used the application to exchange comments and information about proposed zoning changes.

“We leveraged technology to allow citizens and the City to have a conversation,” said Jim Alberque, geographic information systems manager for the City's Information Technology Department. “The tool enabled citizens to visualize how the change in zoning policy affected them.”

Digital Edge 25 entries were judged by a panel of executive peers, including past winners, who evaluated projects on complexity, scale, business outcomes and innovation. Winning entries spanned more than a dozen industries. The City of Raleigh was the only municipal government among the 2016 award winners.

As of May 3, the City had completed full implementation of the UDO zoning. Approved zoning is now available on iMAPS. The public can use historical information in the mapping application to compare legacy and approved zoning.

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