Vermont Statewide Property Parcel Mapping Program

Municipal Contact: Leslie Pelch Program Manager, 802-882-3002

Mapping Contractors Contact: Brian Coolidge Project Manager, 617-447-2422 

Overview

The Vermont Agency of Transportation is providing funding for a Project to accomplish the initial creation and update of parcel data over 3 years to create a statewide, consistent, and up-to-date GIS database of parcel boundaries.  The ongoing Program will help to ensure that the data created is updated annually and made available to all via download, web services, and online mapping applications. This page provides information about the Project to develop the data, as well as the Program. The Vermont Center for Geographic Information is staffing and coordinating the creation of the Program. If you would like to download the parcel data we currently distribute, visit the Vermont Open Geodata Portal .

Click on the map to the right to see which towns are participating in the project during Phase One! The popups will reflect which mapping contractor is working with each town by early November. 

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What is the Statewide Property Parcel Mapping Program Project?
  • A funded project to create or update parcel data (the mapping data that depicts ownership boundaries on tax maps, plus associated attributes, like SPAN) to meet the state data standard over 3 years AND to establish an ongoing Program to support annual updates to that data. 
  • Mapping contractors will be chosen by the state to do the initial creation/update. Criteria for choosing which contractors work with which towns will include towns preferences and the ability of contractors to create mapping data that meet the state standard. 
  • A request for proposals will be published in early 2017, seeking mapping contractors interested in working with multiple towns. We expect that about 1/3 of the state will be mapped each year for 3 years. Towns interested in participating in the program should contact the Program Manager named above.  

Why Statewide Property Parcel Mapping?

  • Parcel data support many kinds of mapping and analysis:
    • Fair and Accurate Taxation and Reappraisal
    • Informed Community Planning and Economic Development
    • Targeted Natural Resource Conservation
  • Current Parcel Data varies from town to town in terms of content, age, and availability which makes it difficult to do mapping and analysis in some towns or across multiple towns. 
  • An ongoing Program will work with each town to determine the best way to ensure annual data updates that continue to meet the state data standard: from simply collecting updated parcel data from the town's mapping contractor, to actually editing and updating the parcel data for the town. 

History

Vermont’s towns are responsible for determining the value of real estate owned within their boundaries and for taxing those properties.  For many years, land ownership information was of interest to the owners, neighbors, town, and no one else.

Today, information about land ownership and value is key to many public and private functions:  regional planning, transportation planning and construction, state analysis of settlement patterns, taxation equity, and the impact of state programs, just to name a few.

The current state of Vermont’s parcel data (from a statewide perspective) is inconsistent and fragmented. Some towns have current data that meets the state data standard (see link below), but many are either out of date or don’t contain elements that make it easier to combine with neighboring towns, and a few towns don’t have digital parcel data.

Beginning in the fall of 2013, representatives of state agencies, regional planning commissions, nonprofits (VLCT), and professional organizations (VSLS, VALA) have been meeting to discuss how to make consistent, up-to-date, statewide parcel data a reality in Vermont. That group eventually became the Enterprise Geospatial Consortium’s (EGC) Parcel Workgroup. The efforts of that group and leadership at the Agency of Transportation and the Agency of Commerce and Community Development resulted in the Transportation Bill passed in 2016 by the Vermont Legislature containing language to create the Program ( link to statute )