Citizens in all corners of the globe can now access a powerful new Pitkin County map-making tool that can help them do everything from create a custom neighborhood mailing list to customized themed maps. Such map-making endeavors previously required a visit to the local Geographic Information Systems (GIS) department and often had some ‘wait time’ and a price tag associated with them.
“We’re excited to launch this free map website that we’ve designed to be easy for anyone to use. With just a few clicks of a mouse you can create a map, a property report, or a mailing list of anywhere in Pitkin County,” said Mary Lackner.
Free customized maps that website users create can include road features, contours, town boundaries, and federal lands to name just a few of the over 50 map layers now available.
A mailing list feature allows users to choose a geographic area, like a neighborhood or caucus area, and create a property owner mailing list that is pre-programmed to print directly onto sticky labels.
“The mailing list feature could come in handy for a homeowner planning a construction project to let neighbors know about it. It could also come in handy for a neighborhood caucus group that wants to generate interest in an event or something it’s doing,” said Lackner.
The property report feature allows the user to choose any property in Pitkin County and get a detailed report that includes nearby public amenities (trails, parks, and open space), voter districts, boundaries (zone district, caucus area, master plan area, etc.), school and fire districts, general property information such as address, account number and jurisdiction.
“The property report feature could help someone thinking about moving to the area find out more about a neighborhood they’re considering or answer questions of a current property owner about what voting, water or fire district they’re in,” Lacker said.
Another powerful feature of the website is how easy it is to search. Anyone can easily search by owner name, address, parcel number, subdivision, special district, or by choosing an area on the map. Most of these search options narrow down the available records as you start typing, which quickly helps you locate the correct area.
No technical map experience and no downloads are necessary to use the website. A short video introducing the site and explaining how it works is available on the Pitkin County YouTube Channel:
“I invite people to try out the new site even if they think they’re not ‘map people’. Just visit www.pitkinmapsandmore.com to try it out.,” Lackner said.
Contact: Mary LacknerGeospatial Technology Lead - 970-920-5106