About the Department

Geographic Information System (GIS) can be defined as a computer system designed for storing, manipulating, analyzing, and displaying data in a geographic context. One of the advantages GIS provides is the ability to assist in the decision-making process by providing an additional tool to analyze and compare numerous geographic data layers along with traditional databases.

Rural Addressing aims to provide all occupied rural properties with nationally recognized addresses that will assist Emergency Services and other service providers in locating a property. A rural address will consist of a distance-based road number, road name, locality, and postcode.

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400 East 3rd Avenue North
PO BOX 970
Columbus, MT 59019

Located on the second floor of the Courthouse in the southwest corner.


Brendan Wiltshire GIS Coordinator

Stephanie Ray, AICP Director of Planning & Community Development