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The Pain and Problem of Legacy Addresses. Indiana GIS Conference February 2010. Photo Optional. A legacy address is any address that was assigned prior to your assuming the role of address coordinator. Your predecessor gets the praise if it works

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The Pain and Problem of Legacy Addresses

Indiana GIS Conference

February 2010

Photo Optional


What are legacy addresses

A legacy address is any address that was assigned prior to your assuming the role of address coordinator.

Your predecessor gets the praise if it works

You get the blame and responsibility to fix it if it is wrong

You get the pain of living with it

What are Legacy Addresses?


How do they happen

No policies established your assuming the role of address coordinator.

Policies not enforced

Creative interpretation of policies

Personnel change

How do they happen?


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Legacy Addresses your assuming the role of address coordinator.


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Dealing with legacy addresses

Study what has been done in the past your assuming the role of address coordinator.

Policies-written or verbal

Implementation of the policies

Try to understand the “why” it was done the way it was done

Talk to the people who implemented the policy and assigned the addresses to get insight

Dealing with Legacy Addresses


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Study the current situation your assuming the role of address coordinator.

Identify the problems and issues

Identify who and what is impacted by the issues

Safety

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Public access/location

Decide if the issue requires a “fix” or a “work-around”

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Test the solution your assuming the role of address coordinator.

Work through various scenarios to determine if the solution actually works

Use GIS to model the solution and the results

If the solution works

Document, document, document

Incorporate into policy

Train/explain/use

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Success will depend on how well you do your “homework” your assuming the role of address coordinator.

Clear definition of the problem

“Do the least harm” solution

Clear process to implement solution

Obtaining the political support for the solution

Clear definition of the benefits of the solution

Educating the people involved in the solution

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Don’t re-invent the wheel your assuming the role of address coordinator.

Look at the way other people deal with similar problems

Will their solutions work in your situation?

How did they make it work?

What problems did they encounter?

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Readdressing your assuming the role of address coordinator.

May be difficult

Painful for both sides

Don’t attempt in a re-election year

Identify all the instances requiring readdressing and try to do it at one time

Go the extra mile to make it as painless for the people involved as possible

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Sometimes what is…is. your assuming the role of address coordinator.

What’s there is not going to change

You can make sure that it doesn’t reoccur

Sometimes what is…takes longer.

You may be able to bring about change, but it will have to be over an extended period of time.

Flag addresses to be changed when there is change of ownership

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Do “the least harm” your assuming the role of address coordinator.

Be consistent

Document what you do

Recognize you may have to live with it, and create the best possible work-around

Leave a good legacy for those who follow you

Dealing with Legacy Addresses


Questions

James Morse your assuming the role of address coordinator.

GIS Project Manager

Stantec Consulting Services Inc.

1901 Nelson Miller Parkway

Louisville, Kentucky 40223Ph: (502) 212-5044Fx: (502) [email protected]

Questions?


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