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Publish Date: 4/5/2005

Web site offers aerial maps
Boulder County residents now able to see properties from above online


A new Web site allows Boulder County residents to get a colorful bird’s-eye view of their property, or any other property in the county.

“It’s really fun,” county spokesman Jim Burrus said of the Web site, which launched Monday. “It’s not every day you get a B-1 bomber view of your house.”

The maps, available at http://map.co.boulder.co.us
/basemap, have several practical functions that were previously available only at the assessor’s office in Boulder.

After looking up a specific property by address, a user can click on a neighboring plot for that property’s statistics.

The program also indicates when a home is in a floodplain or airport influence area.

“We love putting this information out,” county assessor Cindy Domenico said. “It’s an overview of the county that we haven’t really had before.”

Residents should use the Web site to make sure their property data is recorded properly at the assessor’s office, Domenico said.

“We’ve been wanting to do this for years. This is a dream come true,” she said.

The county received no major complaints about the site Monday, although high traffic may have slowed the program, she said.

In spring 2002, the county hired pilots to photograph the area’s topography from about 5,000 feet off the ground, making the images sharper than most satellite photography, Burrus said.

Burrus was unsure of the cost of the Web site. He said the aerial map program was developed as a tool for several county departments, including the assessor’s office and land use department.

Weld County’s assessor has been using a similar mapping program on its Web site for a few years, although its photographs are in black and white. That information is available at www.co.weld.co.us/departments
/assessor.html.

Brad Turner can be reached at 720-494-5420, or by e-mail at bturner@times-call.com.

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