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OUR MISSION:  Provide access to geospatial data and analysis for City staff, partners and the public


  1. Improve GIS Enterprise System Capability
  2. Expand the Impact of Shared Information
  3. Support Data Informed Decisions
  4. Improve Business Process
  5. Enhance Local Government Transparency

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The Geographic Information System (GIS) Division’s primary function is to provide mapping and spatial analysis support to City departments.  The City of Salinas GIS is being developed to make information easily accessible in a manner that will assist other City departments make informed decisions on City operational and planning activities.  A secondary goal of the Division is to be able to offer GIS services to other public and private entities at a reasonable cost.

Some of the many tasks the GIS Division is working on are the development of databases necessary to achieve compliance with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) requirements, providing support for the General Plan Update, Alisal Vibrancy Plan, Parking, Construction, Urban Greening Plan, Pavement and Sidewalks Management, etc. 



Please download and read our GIS disclaimer and data use instructions before using any of this data.


Current Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Draft Policy







Over the last several years, with budgets limited and staffing reaching critically low levels, the City of Salinas has progressively begun implementing state-of-the-art technology to help manage projects and assist with daily operations. These tools have proven to be of great assistance in maximizing the deployment of limited resources and providing services in our community.  In recent months, the City staff have conducted extensive research in the use of another such tool – Unmanned Aerial Systems. The result is the development of a draft UAS Policy. 

The purpose of this policy is to establish guidelines for the City of Salinas use of an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS). The City of Salinas has completed a number of public workshops, social media campaigns, and press releases to gain input from the public. 


To hear more about the City of Salinas drone program, listen to the interview (below) by our local NPR station KAZU. Visit the KAZU webpage to see the article.



Unmanned aerial systems may be utilized to enhance effectiveness, timeliness, safety and cost savings of City activities that achieve Strategic Plan goals.  Any use of a UAS will be in strict accordance with constitutional and privacy rights, State Law, existing City policy and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations.  Use by City of Salinas Public Safety shall be managed and regulated by their respective policies and procedures as well as relevant State and Federal law.  Below is a link to the full policy

UAS Draft Policy version 3.0 

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