michaeldnash wrote:If the address of every household in the stake were geocoded consistently in the ward or stake field, the time spent by priesthood leaders studying potential boundary changes is reduced significantly, and the clerk's time is reduced even more.
You can see my proposal for this in the LDS tech wiki article on Boundary Changes. Major benefits is that it is simple, consistent, and compatible with emergency services anywhere.
The wiki article referred to is the Geo code
article (not the Boundary realignment
article). I raised a question on the discussion page of the wiki article, but you apparently did not see it, because there has been no response there, so I'll post my concerns here.
It appears to me that the suggestion to use the US National Grid System doesn't accomplish the goals of the Geo code as it is used in MLS. Although there are certainly merits to the suggestion for determining the location of a household, that's not what Geo codes are for. They are used for grouping households. Since this proposal would end up with a unique Geo code for each household, there would be no grouping at all. Thus it is totally unsuitable for boundary proposals, which depend on multiple households (usually at least a dozen or so) being grouped into a single Geo code.
It's unfortunate that the term "Geo code" as used in MLS is so close to the term "geocoding" which refers to determining the geographical position of a building or some other location based on its address. So the confusion is understandable. This seems like a reasonable approach to geocoding, but not for MLS Geo codes.
Could you help me understand how this unique code could be used with MLS in doing boundary realignment when it doesn't provide any ability to group households? Also, although I understand the merits of simplicity, I guarantee that the Church (nor any of the members or leaders) is not going to like ward boundaries that follow strict grid lines in cases where those grid lines cut through curved streets in a variety of odd ways.