Toward the end of 2003, the City of Walnut Creek initiated a thorough update of its 1989 city-wide General Plan. To provide City officials and community members with a well structured framework of the City’s plans for growth and development in terms of public resources and physical size, city staff needed a team of consultants that could generate maps using GIS data and offer step-by-step GIS workflows and templates for future analysis and map production.
The project had a very demanding timeframe. The General Plan proposal was to take a minimum of two years and the City did not have the personnel with the appropriate mapping and technical skills to devote to it. The City needed a team that would be able to organize and process data throughout each stage of design and implementation, over the two year period. Another major objective of the project was to ensure that the City would eventually be able to handle their own map production and continuing GIS work.
Farallon offered a flexible staffing plan and project scope that addressed the realities of creating a General Plan update: weeks of intensive effort followed by lengthy periods of map and document review. In each iteration of the project – assessing the City’s existing GIS, providing city planners with a flexible means of meeting map production via GIS, and developing the final cartographic products that present the General Plan elements to the public – Farallon provided and continues to provide necessary personnel and resources.
Part of Farallon’s approach to fulfilling the City’s needs involved creating necessary city maps using map templates. By creating GIS templates, Farallon gave the City the ability to develop these maps without depending on GIS specialists. This meant less time needed to create individual maps, a more streamlined approach to creating maps, and a unified look to map series.
Farallon also developed a task schedule for data and knowledge transfer that could eventually place tools and knowledge in the hands of city personnel. Through GIS application and workflow training, Farallon ensured the long-term, continued success of the project after their own work was finished.