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July 23, 2014

Online mapping application offers wealth of information

It may not have the same charm and health benefits as an actual stroll through tree-shaded streets, but Internet users may now navigate through the City of Greer without ever leaving their homes.

The city’s Planning and Zoning office has produced an online mapping application that incorporates the city’s geographic information system data, allowing any user to quickly examine such elements as city limits, city council districts, fire districts, school districts, South Carolina State House and Senate districts, and the Greenville-Spartanburg Airport environs.

Users may also zoom to individual properties to determine their zoning status and such property information as the deed and owner supplied by Greenville and Spartanburg counties. A list of editable layers gives the user the opportunity to make the map as simple or as detailed as desired.

The online tool also allows users to switch from a base map to a satellite or topographic view while maintaining map labels, and print their selection. Users may also switch to Google’s street view option for a photographic look at streets and points of interest.

“We think this will be a useful tool for new residents, developers, appraisers, real estate professionals, and anyone who just wants to get a better feel for the layout of the City of Greer,” said Glenn Pace, planning and zoning coordinator for the city. “We’ll look at future expansion of the site as we continue to work with this technology.”

Justin Kirtz, the city’s GIS planner, created a custom “Find Community Information” feature that identifies in a pop-up window the council district and representative, churches, schools, parks, and subdivisions within a one-mile radius of any point clicked on the map.

“If someone is interested in moving here and looking at a specific house they may be wondering where they can go to church, where their kids will go to school, and who their council representative would be,” Kirtz said. “It’s a quick and easy tool to return some information on a specific area.

Kirtz said Greer joins Greenville and Greenwood as the only Upstate cities to offer an online GIS mapping application.

“This is the latest and greatest,” he said. “There is nothing more current than this available.”