Geographic Information Systems

What is a Geographic Information System?


A geographic information system (GIS) is a computer-based tool for mapping and analyzing things that exist and events that happen on earth. GIS technology integrates common database operations such as query and statistical analysis with the unique visualization and geographic analysis benefits offered by maps. These abilities distinguish GIS from other information systems and make it valuable to a wide range of public and private enterprises for explaining events, predicting outcomes and planning strategies.

Current Status of GIS


The City of McKinney started its GIS program in February of 1999. The zoning, subdivision, street centerline and future land use layers have been edited and coded with useful attributes. Some user friendly applications using ESRI ArcGIS Desktop, a popular desktop GIS software package, are under development for city employees to easily access the GIS database and to reduce the time spent researching information.

Proposed Applications

  • Parcel database for zoning notification, demographic analysis and multiple analytical projects
  • Street right of way, utility and stormwater system mapping
  • Public availability through internet
  • Crime and accident location analysis
  • Connections with building permit system
  • Other long-term priorities to be identified through citywide committees

Benefits / Return on Investment

  • Ability to quickly analyze and address City Council goals and objectives
  • Reduction in time spent in legal notification
  • Reduction in time spent researching information
  • Desktop availability (using ESRI ArcGIS Desktop) for many users throughout the city
  • Ability to share information with the public through the internet

More Information


For more information about the city's GIS program, please call 972-547-7599 or contact Support.

Access the Interactive GIS maps here. Any use or reliance on this data is at your own risk. The City of McKinney cannot endorse the use of this data for any use other than for mapping purposes. All data is valid up to the date reviewed.

To view GPS Monuments, access the City of McKinney Control Monuments.