EUSTIS — The Right-of-Way Section of the Lake County Department of Public Works, Engineering Division, recently released digital copies of 5,000 maps on the County’s Web site.
“This is the completion of a long ongoing project,” said Patti Harker, Lake County Right-of-Way Manager. “The Right-of-Way staff has scanned, indexed and worked with the County’s Office of Information Technology to make these maps available online.”
The maps are split into four categories: Property Appraiser’s assessment maps (tax maps); recorded right-of-way and maintenance maps; historical aerials; and historic contour aerials.
For the historical aerials, the Right-of-Way Section collaborated with the Lake County Water Authority, Lake County Geographic Information Services Division and Lake County Department of Environmental Utilities. Combining resources, the staff was able to create digital historic aerials for 1941, 1958, 1979, 1984 and 1990. The contour aerials were assembled from 16 different projects.
The Lake County Clerk of Courts provided digital copies of the official recorded Right of Way and Maintenance Maps for Lake County. The Right-of-Way Section indexed these maps for availability online. Staff converted the Property Appraiser’s assessment maps, or commonly referred to as tax maps, to digital format by scanning and indexing these maps. They worked with the Property Appraiser’s Office to create a process for continued maintenance and updates on these maps.
The tax maps are expected to be the most popular of the new maps online for citizens and County employees. Several Lake County departments, including Public Works, Growth Management and Environmental Utilities, are expected to use the new online data.