GIS - Geographical Information Systems

What in the world is GIS?

Geographic Information System (GIS) is a globally implemented technology that allows us through forms of maps, reports and charts to visualize, question, interpret and understand data that has been integrated from hardware and software applications.

In simple terms it means that the traditional printed map can be expanded in several ways and that these maps can be interactive with other data that can be quickly understood and easily shared. Basically, GIS assets can be used at local, regional and national levels in a myriad of applications including future planning, homeland security, law enforcement, fire/emergency services, health and transportation. We have a wide open future ahead of us with this exciting tool; all the way from mapping where catch basins are, to tracking street sweeping routes to complex applications such as 3-D modeling of what a proposed project might look like on a site. At present this information is being used to help analyze and project trends and “build out” of the town and to create land use maps for the Planning Commission’s update of the Plan of Conservation and Development. It is also being used by Public Works, Building Department, Land Use offices and the Assessor’s office, with other department coming on board as we roll this out to the public.

The Town of Southbury is proud to go live with our GIS website: http://southbury.mapxpress.net/. We encourage you to check it out, have some fun looking up your property, a special place in town or the town at large. Be sure to click on Base Map/Airphoto for aerial photos and the Map Layer which will allow you to overlay different layers such as what zone your property is in or the open space layer which shows you all of the open space parcels in town. It is best to check on only one or two layers at a time as some layers will be overridden by other layers and may not be seen.

This is the first step or foundation of our GIS. As new layers are created and/or verified they will be added to the site. It is inherent that there will continue to be tweaking and corrections on an ongoing basis as new information is obtained.
The intent and use of this site is for Informational Purposes Only – additional information is always available at the appropriate department at Town Hall.

How you can access GIS and what you can do with it.

Step 1: Go to http://southbury.mapxpress.net/
This will bring you to our portal page. Please read the Disclaimer. The intent and use of this site is for Informational Purposes Only.

Step 2: Type in the property owners name or the number and street name of the parcel you wish to view. Press GO. The Search Results will appear.

Step 3: If you click on Zoom to GIS it will take you to an Interactive Map Application. Click on the parcel and a pop-up with a photo and limited information will appear. If you wish to see more property details click on Property Card which will take you to the eQuality site. At the bottom of their page you must choose a Method (i.e. Property Location by Number means street # and name of street) and then type in the appropriate information for the category you have chosen. This will allow you to view the assessor’s field card.

On the property pop-up you may also generate an abutters list by typing in the distance and submit. This does not take the place of an assessor’s sign off for applications that require it.

Along the top of this page you will see different features – the Search (binocular icon) will bring up a pop-up where you can also search for a property.

By clicking on Base Map/AirPhotos you may view either the 2006 AT&T Airphoto or the 2007 Golden Aerial Airphoto. A new flight of the town is projected for this spring.

By clicking on Map Layer a variety of different layers that can be applied by checking the box next to the feature you wish to see – i.e. Zoning/Historic will overlay on the parcel what zone it is in and if it is in an Historic District. It is best to view only one or two layers at a time as some layers will be overridden by other layers.

By left clicking and holding down on your mouse you can move the map around to “visit” your neighbors or the rest of the town.

By rolling the wheel on your mouse you can zoom in and out to see the property in context with your neighborhood or the rest of the town.

Along the bottom of this page you will find various features that may also be of use, such as the measuring tool (ruler icon).

You may also access information by going to the Quick Links, however it will not be as interactive and you will not be able to bring up many of the layers.

As the Town moves forward with this exciting tool more layers will be added as they are verified. It is inherent that there will continue to be tweaking and corrections on an ongoing basis as new information is
obtained. We welcome your input and please let us know if you find anything that seems incorrect.