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Planning & Development

Captain's Corner!

Discover our collection of recent or ongoing projects as well as helpful resources by Planning and Development mapping staff.

Racially Based Restrictions Mapping

Using images of recorded covenants, restrictions and plats from the Register of Deeds staff generated searchable text. This constituted about 1,700 documents. This did NOT include deeds, land contracts etc. Searching the text for keywords like caucasian, servant, Italian and race staff were able to identify specific documents that might have restrictive text. A review of each document was next in the process followed by mapping the plat. 

Remonumentation Shift Image

Remonumentation of Tax Parcels

A long term countywide USPLSS Re-monumentation effort. This project will benefit residents in many ways including more accurate mapping in Dane County. 



Land Use Inventory Map

Deed Restriction Mapping

Staff are reviewing historical zoning petitions and specifically looking at those with a deed restriction or deed notice on them.  Then mapping those and including the reasoning so that staff can easily identify specific areas.






Adobe Color  - Color wheel, a color palette generator

ColorBrewer - Color advice for maps.

Data Viz Catalogue - For help in determinging the type of chart/graph that is most appropriate for your type of data.

Dr Christopher Sutton - YouTube videos on introducing GIS.

ESRI Academy Resources to Learn GIS Mapping

GeoSpatial Training Services

Ikigai diagram - The reason why you get up in the morning.

John Nelson Maps - John makes maps at ESRI, a software company for map nerds.

Official Wisconsin Highway Map - Current and historic maps and how to order them.

Panda Consulting

Spatial Reserves - A guide to public domain spatial data.


Online Mapping Resources

Dane County Access Dane , DCIMap , LWRD Viewer

Green County GIS Data Viewer 

Jefferson County GIS Data Viewer

Rock County GIS Data Viewer

WIDNR App List

List of Wisconsin County by County GIS Maps