The GovTech100 company behind ZoneIQ is launching a new zoning management platform for cities capable of property lookup and 3D visualization. It has gained traction with several customers already, including Miami.
Miami-based Gridics has announced the addition of CodeHUB, a 3D zoning map and unified code text publishing tool to its municipal zoning and planning platform, ZoneIQ.
According to a news release this week, CodeHUB allows cities to make their zoning code changes accessible to citizens in real time and on a 3D map with property lookup capabilities.
When it launched in 2017, Gridics billed ZoneIQ as the only 3D planning and zoning software on the market. It has since been adopted by cities of varying sizes, including Miami and Cupertino, Calif., with a pilot underway New York City.
"As we began to help city planning staff visualize and interpret their ordinances for tasks like testing zoning changes and checking plans for compliance. … We determined that nearly every city is spending valuable staff resources reacting to questions from citizens either because their current method of publishing their code text is outdated, or because the zoning map doesn't tell them how the written rules apply to their specific parcel,” CEO Jason Doyle said in a public statement. “By adding CodeHUB to ZoneIQ, cities now have a truly unified digitized zoning platform that improves staff productivity, helps commissioners make more informed decisions and significantly improves citizen transparency."
After offering CodeHUB to select cities in late 2018, Gridics’ platform was adopted by four cities in Florida and is now available nationwide.
According to a recent survey of 602 cities by Planetizen, an informational website for municipal planners, 85 percent of planning departments publish their zoning code online. Of those, 33 percent use PDFs, 42 percent use a third-party online publishing service, Municode being the most common, and 58 percent offer an online GIS tool.
"None of the current solutions in use by cities bridge the gap between text, map and city staff on a single platform," Doyle said. "We are aiming to push innovation into zoning on all levels, and it starts with simplifying processes by unifying disparate information sources."