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County mapping system has new features: Search property records, view updated maps

Posted 11/28/19

Wilson County recently launched its new geographical information system website. Not only does the new mapping system site have a new look, but it also boasts new enhancement features that will …

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County mapping system has new features: Search property records, view updated maps

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Wilson County recently launched its new geographical information system website. Not only does the new mapping system site have a new look, but it also boasts new enhancement features that will enable the public to gain access to more information with a few clicks of a button.

GIS is a way to access and search various maps in the county as well as land and property records, which are public records.

“Maps can be customized to include only the data you need and want and can focus as close as street level,” said Ron Hunt, Wilson County assistant county manager.

The mapping system is a vital resource for many, including residents and professionals. The new GIS site replaces the county’s old one called Connect GIS, which will go offline on Dec. 31.

Officials want the public to be aware of the new site and begin to become familiar with it.

“Maps and location technologies shape our lives every day,” Hunt said. “They tell us about the world around us. Having this information in an easier and enhanced format places our works at our fingertips.”

NEW FEATURES

Will Corbett, the county’s GIS coordinator, said the new GIS site has multiple enhancements including improved search functions. Additional tools for users have also been added. The new site is capable of adding more layers to searches. If you want to know how many homes were sold in your area within the past three years, the GIS site can tell you.

Want to know which properties are in foreclosure and are for sale? Users will be able to access that information easily. You can also search property records by neighborhood descriptions.

Corbett said there is more explanatory information regarding tax and sales information on properties.

“Before, it could be difficult to understand for the average user,” he said.

Another search function includes a sales search feature of properties that real estate agents, attorneys and appraisers will be able to use easily. A property’s soil type can also be accessed.

The new mapping site has a Google street view button that will allow users to click on the road in front of the land parcel. A new tab will open with the most up-to-date Google street view available, officials said.

UPDATED RECORDS IN REAL TIME

Maps also update every night, which is a substantial improvement on the quality of data the public can access.

Previously, it could take one to two weeks before record changes would be completed and added to the old GIS website.

“This is about as close as real-time as we can get,” Corbett said. “By keeping it more up to date, we are increasing our transparency.”

Corbett said there is more explanatory information regarding tax and sales information on properties.

Users can now download GIS data, which is helpful for a variety of professions.

Users can create PDFs of maps and add their own text into it. You can also download data in various formats including spreadsheets. If a particular industry is looking at properties in Wilson County, an economic development leader could a quickly send a PDF map of a particular location.

Corbett said the whole point of GIS is placing analytics tools in the public’s hands.

He said many people would be surprised how much a GIS site is used — and by whom — on a daily basis. From residents to farmers and engineers to developers, as well as appraisers, insurance agents and real estate agents, the site is an invaluable public information access tool.

Visit the new GIS site at gis.wilson-co.com/maps/ or for projects and special maps, visit the county’s GIS web portal link at wilsoncounty.maps.arcgis.com.

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