Last week ISD completed the switchover to a modernized GIS (geographic information system) application. The legacy GIS Portal, which had been running since 2003 on outdated software and suffering from occasional outages, was permanently replaced by the more user-friendly Property Information Portal (PIP).

The GIS Portal had an old-fashioned style user interface, whereas the Property Information Portal boasts a streamlined system for viewing property information, tax assessment data, and parcel documents maintained by Public Works and the Assessor’s office (CARE). The former 4 functions of the GIS Portal (Property Review, Notification, Raster Map Access, and Property Assessment) are now consolidated in one easy-to-use, mobile-friendly application.

Along with more detailed map imagery and optional parameters for improved search capability, obtaining scanned property documents, generating mailing lists, and viewing property values and tax assessment information are all now easier on the PIP.

This robust application is based on current GIS technology and features a map-centric interface. The PIP includes a parcel search function (through APN, Address, or Owner) with an auto-complete feature, background base maps (both topographic and aerial imagery), map layers (such as administrative units, election precincts, and zip codes), and tax assessment reports that export as PDFs for file sharing and printing.

The update to the GIS Portal is one example of County efforts to increase both reliability and capacity by integrating current technology that supports present day tech tools, e.g., mobile devices. This upgrade is especially beneficial to County departments such as Planning, Public Works, CARE, and the Health System, which use GIS information most. Cities, special districts, and other local government agencies also should find the clean user interface and intuitive site navigation of the PIP helpful.