Property finder is an interactive map used to make township Geographic information System (GIS) data available to the public. Information is displayed in the form of layers which can be turned on and off using the layer drop down menu. Data may be searched such as parcel ID number, address, property owner’s name, developments, and streets using specialized tasks. Other viewable data layers include aerial imagery, streets, parcels, developments, and base map layers.
The map layers can be accessed by clicking the Layer List symbol found in the upper right of property finder. To turn a layer on or off, check or uncheck it in the drop down menu. Some layers are only accessible at certain zoom levels, so zooming in or out will make them appear or disappear. There are a variety of data layers available, which include Developments, Streets, Address Points, Water, Sanitary and Parcels. In addition to these layers there are two options for the base map. The first is an aerial image of the township and the other is a base map which shows a basic street view and other base layers, which include floodplains, streams, lakes, contours, buildings, and streets. These Base maps can be changed using the Basemap Gallery .
Specialized Map Tasks
The Search feature opens by default in the upper right corner of the screen.
This searches Addresses, Streets, Parcels by ID, Parcels by Owner, and Developments. If this is not open, access the search feature by clicking on the magnifying glass. Enter any of these parameters into the search box to get your search results. Or, select a specific search using the drop down next to the search text box.
Other Buttons along the top include a legend, a draw, a measure, a print, and a streetview tool.
Navigating the Map
The navigation toolbar is located on the left side of the screen. The plus and minus signs zoom in and out on the map. The home button zooms to the original map extent. The location button displays the current location if location service is available.
A scale bar and coordinates are available in the bottom left corner of the screen. This displays the current map scale and the cursor coordinates. Select the “get coordinates tool” and click on the map to get specific coordinates for a location. Coordinates are in Easting and Northing feet.