BRTB (Baltimore Regional Transportation Board) Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Laura Van Wert, 410-732-9564  

 

 

LAUNCH OF BUILDING PERMIT DATA SYSTEM WEB SERVICE 

TO PROVIDE VIEW OF REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT

 

 

 

BALTIMORE, MD (August 27, 2014) - The Baltimore Metropolitan Council (BMC) launches a free building permit data system (BPDS) web service, an online mapping product that allows the user to view the location of selected building permits on a map. The goal of the BPDS web service is for BMC to continue to provide the Baltimore region with the most up-to-date and complete permit information available.

 

The BPDS web service is available by visiting www.baltometro.org. Technical information also is available to users.

 

While most primary users of the BPDS web service work in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and with common GIS software, the product is available to everyone through an online application. Likewise, the BPDS is free and augments data that is accessible through a subscription to the BPDS online service.

 

Subscriptions to the BPDS online service will continue without change, and will be updated weekly. Updates to the BPDS web service will occur about every two months.

 

BMC obtains and geocodes building permit data from 2000 to the present from each of the jurisdictions in the Baltimore region. The web service is a comprehensive way to view the data in a digestible and interactive way.

 

The building permits can be used to track development and to monitor growth patterns across the region. They also serve as a barometer of economic activity in the region. Tracking development is important to the transportation planning process of the Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB) as it is used to determine the placement of household and employment growth and associated impacts on the region's transportation network.

 

The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB) is the federally recognized metropolitan planning organization for transportation in the region. The Baltimore Metropolitan Council (BMC) provides the Baltimore Regional Transportation Board with technical and staff support.

 

The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board operates its programs and services without regard to race, color, or national origin in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable laws. Appropriate services can be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities or those in need of language assistance who submit a request at least seven days prior to a meeting. Call 410-732-0500.

 

For technical questions or comments on the BPDS web service, contact Mara Kaminowitz, GIS Coordinator, by email at mkaminowitz@baltometro.org or by phone at 410-732-0500.

 

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The Baltimore Metropolitan Council (BMC) is a nonprofit organization that works with the region's elected executives to identify mutual interests and develop collaborative strategies, plans and programs that will help improve the quality of life and economic vitality. BMC is a resource for the region.

 

 

 

 

 


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The Baltimore Metropolitan Council (BMC) is a nonprofit organization that works with the region's elected executives to identify mutual interests and develop collaborative strategies, plans and programs that will help improve the quality of life and economic vitality. BMC is a resource for the region.


 


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Laura Van Wert
Communications Officer     
410-732-9564

lvanwert@baltometro.org   

 

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