Centralized Database for the National Zoning Atlas

Mapping Zoning Districts
Client:   Cornell University Legal Constructs Lab

The National Zoning Atlas is a project of the Legal Constructs Lab at the Cornell University College of Architecture, Art, and Planning to create a national database documenting the zoning codes of every jurisdiction across the country.

In the Fall of 2022, Cornell University sought out a vendor to develop a full-stack web application to support the National Zoning Atlas. The goal was to replace the current manual process using Google Sheets and file sharing services like Dropbox to create a more streamlined system. 

The project already had extensive documentation and specifications, so our job was to turn the manual shapefile and spreadsheet process into a modern web application.

Results: Using an open-source stack built on Azure, we deployed a web server and installed Django as a backend. Separately, we deployed an Azure Blob storage to store uploaded files and data, and an Azure Database to host the PostgreSQL instance. Using accessibility best practices, and using the Bootstrap 5 framework, we built a series of pages for viewing, uploading, importing, and editing jurisdictions and zoning districts. For pre-loading data, we used Handsontable to give users an easy way to paste the zoning and jurisdiction data they discovered in their research.

Focus:   Economic Development, Environment, Government Agencies, Public Health, Social Justice/Equity  

Services:  Interactive Solutions, Applications Development, Web Mapping, Website Design 

Project Years: 2022,2023

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