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1. Sign Up

Sign up now – it takes only a few minutes. After we receive your subscription request, our team will begin configuring the basics for your site.

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2. Get Shapefiles for the Zoning Map

The interactive zoning map is built around shapefiles for the base zoning districts and overlay districts if any.

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3. Upload Content

The core site is built using content from your current zoning code. Using our templates, you will add content for zoning districts, land uses, and procedures. Some of this information can be copied from your code and pasted into our templates.

The number of people working on the site is up to you. The site administrator is able to invite people and establish their log in credentials for accessing the content management system.

Those municipality’s with a Professional Subscription will get one hour of training to help you get up and running as soon as possible.

As a general rule, it takes about 20 to 28 hours to build the core site. The number of zoning districts and land uses in your code and other variables will dictate how long it will take you.

If you don’t have the time to set up your site or just need a little kick start, we can help. Contact us for a quote.

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4. Launch Your Site

When you are done building your site, the final step is to put it online, which is easy as clicking a box in the content management system. Its that easy.

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5. Add Link to Municipal Website

CivicWebware_IZC-button_400Most people looking for zoning information for your community will typically go to the municipal website as the first step. You can put a link to your zoning website on the home page of the municipal site, your department page, or both. You can use the image included here as a button, or create your own link.

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6. Promote Your Site

Once your site is up and running, don’t forget to tell the world. We have template press releases that you can use. In addition, we have sample emails that you can send to local officials, realtors, builders, appraisers, and others.

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7. Maintain Site

Like most things, you will need to maintain your website so that it remains current. If you subscribe to the Standard Plan, updates may be necessary when the zoning code is amended. If the zoning map is amended, you can either upload new shapefiles for the affected zoning districts at that time or do the updates on a periodic basis (e.g., quarterly). How often you update the zoning map, will depend on how many zoning amendments your department processes, how easily you can obtain shapefiles, and other factors.

If you subscribe to the Professional Plan, you will be using the site on a more regular basis to manage development applications as they move through the review process. It takes 3 to 4 minutes to create a record for a new application. If you want to post status updates to keep everyone in the loop as milestones are achieved, it takes 2 to 3 minutes per post.

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IF YOU DON’T HAVE THE TIME TO SET UP YOUR SITE OR JUST NEED A LITTLE KICK START, WE CAN HELP.