New interactive maps offered
The offering of interactive maps on the city of Lake Oswego website is a giant step forward in convenience for people seeking information about property within the city.
Basically, it means no more long lines in front of the desk at the city planning department. Citizens will be able to find and print out maps on many subjects - zoning, utilities, floodplain, boundaries and many more - plus other information too.
'These maps are a tool to obtain information,' said Roger Shepherd, geographic information support coordinator for the city. 'It's a different way of searching. People can search for addresses, intersections and much more.
'It has many features.'
First-time visitors to the site might be most impressed with the way they can turn on and turn off layers showing Federal Emergency Management Agency flood plains, zoning and utilities.
Even more useful will be the ability to click on a property and get information about it from the county assessor's office. The value of the property will be listed, along with information about Heritage Trees or sensitive lands. There will even be photos of properties.
The motivation to have interactive maps for Lake Oswego came from the popular Portland Maps site.
'People wanted something like it,' Shepherd said. 'We took it a different direction by starting with maps. This offers a lot more ways to get information.'
The interactive maps have been available for only a month, and Shepherd said the city is just beginning to publicize the maps.
'Once people find out about them, it's going to save everybody a lot of time,' Shepherd said.
To find the city interactive maps, go to the city's website at www.ci.oswego.or.us, go to maps and directions, then the engineering department map center, then go under on-line maps. The new operation will be marked NEW! in yellow, and under the heading LOMAP will be maps for zoning, waste collection, surface water management and more.
Adobe Flash Player is necessary for viewing the maps.