Frequently Asked Questions
A1. A Program to coordinate the development and maintenance of a statewide, consistent, up-to-date property parcel boundary GIS database.
A2. GIS mapping can be a very powerful tool that enables local and state government to be more efficient.
Many property maps are created in a CAD format, then converted into GIS. The hard copy maps looks great, but the resulting GIS files may be missing key information or they may be created in such a way as to be confusing to use. If you do not use GIS software or if you have never tried to use data from more than one town, you may have no idea that this is the case.
Statewide, consistent parcel data will allow state and regional, public and private organizations to use digital parcel date across regions and statewide to perform mapping and analysis tasks more efficiently.
A3. It depends:
- If your town currently keeps your tax maps up to date and has digital parcel data that reflect those maps: the project will FUND the update and upgrade of your data for one year so that it meets the NEW state data standard (which means easy joining to your grand list!).
- If your town hasn’t updated your maps and/or digital parcel data recently: the project will FUND the update and upgrade of your data for one year so that it meets the NEW state data standard (which means easy joining to your grand list!).
- If your town doesn’t have tax maps or doesn’t have digital parcel data: the project will FUND the creation of your parcel data so that it meets the NEW state data standard (which means easy joining to your grand list!).
- Please note that this project will not fund the creation of paper tax maps or vendor-supplied online applications.
A4. The Standardized data will be available in a few different ways:
- The parcel data will be incorporated into the state GIS database, which is accessible via the VT Open Geodata Portal. Data will be available for download and via web services.
- Parcel data will also continue to be available for viewing via online mapping applications like the ANR Atlas and the E911 Viewer, making it easily accessible and usable to GIS users and non-GIS users. As the data is standardized and updated, those improvements will appear in these applications:
- State agencies will have direct access to the updated, standardized data, joined to the grand list data.
A5. - There is currently no funding or mechanism to develop funding to actually pay for parcel data updates past the initial data development project. See next Q & A for information on how the program WILL support your town's parcel data update process.
A6. It is hoped that once a town’s parcel data is updated or created to meet the state standard that the town will continue to update the data on an annual basis. The Program will provide support to towns in the following ways, depending on the needs of each town:
- Technical support to help you use your parcel data and work with your mapping company to perform regular updates
- Working with Mapping Contractors to understand the parcel data standard and providing Quality Assurance tools that help ensure the standard is met. Contractors will be able to simple pass a copy of the standardized data along to VCGI when they send updated maps/data to the town.
- Regional Planning Commissions will also be available to support towns in the management of their mapping contracts. RPCs and the Program Manager will be available to provide training to town officials regarding hiring mapping contractors and managing the relationship.
- Data update support - if you have very little ownership/subdivision change in your town and you do not wish to work with a mapping company to do regular updates, the program may be able to perform your digial parcel data updates on an annual basis. Your town office will provide program staff the necessary land records to indicate changes that have occured. The program will not be producing tax maps, but the data will be freely available for the town’s use.
- The program will compile your town's data with other towns data each year to create the statewide parcel data
- AOT will be hiring a number of mapping contractors (see list here) to update or create parcel data for all of the towns in the state, over a 3-year period. Only contractors who meet AOT’s eligibility criteria will be approved to work on this project. The criteria will include, but not be limited to, capacity to provide data products that meet the new Parcel Data Standard.
- Each contractor will be assigned by AOT to do the mapping for certain towns and the decision as to which towns they work in will take into consideration town preferences. Towns that wish to participate in the program should contact Municipal Contact (Jenny Bower at VCGI) to indicate interest!
- AOT will pay the contractors directly for the work required by the project. This is not a grant or reimbursement project. Towns will set up separate contracts with the mapping contractor of their choice to purchase additional products like paper maps and custom online maps if they wish to. The cost for the additional products should be lower than usual due to the work paid for by the project.
- 10 Mapping Companies were contracted to work on this project during September of 2017
- Companies were assigned to phase 1 towns in November of 2017
- 73 towns will have updated or newly created data by mid-2018. The remaining sections of the state will be done in the ensuing 2 years.
A9. It was created via legislation in the Transportation Bill in 2016 (Act 158, page 184):
“The purpose of the Statewide Property Parcel Mapping Program is to:
(1) develop a statewide property parcel data layer;
(2) ensure regular maintenance, including updates, of the data layer; and
(3) make property parcel data available to State agencies and departments, regional planning commissions, municipalities, and the public.”