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New York City App Gets into the Zone

New app part of Mayor Bloomberg's transparency initiative.

Zoning, building and property information for a specific property in New York City is now available through the Zoning and Land Use web-based GIS application called ZoLa.

Launched Wednesday, Sept. 7, by the New York City Department of City Planning and the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications, the app functions similarly to NYCityMap, the city’s online map portal. Users can search on ZoLa by entering an address, borough, block and lot, intersection or place of interest.

According to the official announcement, the app “provides a new and simple way to find a wide range of land use information in interactive, highly-readable map layers pertaining to a particular property, or to the city at large.”

The map used in the app has zoom capabilities so users can click on properties on the map to find their zoning, according to the announcement.

Within the Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration, 112 rezonings have been adopted. The Web app was designed as part of NYC Simplicity, Bloomberg’s plan to strengthen government transparency with technology.

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