GIS allows quick look at properties
LISBON — Those interested in local properties may be interested in the new Geographic Information System (GIS), which Columbiana County Auditor Nancy Milliken announced is available starting this week.
By going online, those interested in parcel data and looking to see actual images of properties in Columbiana County can get a general idea of property lines, parcel numbers, owners and the surrounding properties and terrain. The maps show actual roadways, railroads, the river and other features that may be of interest to someone looking to develop property.
Milliken said each week people call her office wanting to know if the county has GIS available. While they always welcome questions in their office, this should give someone living elsewhere a chance to look at the property and possibly get some of their questions answered about it.
Teaming up with County Development Director Tad Herold and students who did the legwork from the Ohio University Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, the county has been able to develop the system with parcel data and the property outlines of more than 75,000 parcels throughout the county. It was a four-year project.
Milliken said the auditor’s office may also be able to use some of the information when they do property reappraisals in the future, something they look at every few years.
However, the GIS maps cannot be certified by the auditor’s office, because they are not survey accurate. When a property sells, Milliken said it may take about a month to get the information updated on the GIS system.
Besides economic development for those wanting to see a property as well as its proximity to roads and other transportation, Milliken sees the information as a good starting point for those involved in zoning, utilities, law enforcement, tourism and other areas.
The two web portals to access the data can be found at auditor.columbianacountygis.org and www.columbianacountygis.org.
An address can be typed into the search box on the website and the GIS quickly zooms in on the location.