- January 2014 -

The items below are additional tasks that MassGIS will consider funding.  You may find it useful to consult with the individual or organization that maintains your mapping to determine which of these enhancements are relevant for your community.

Note that if you have not been maintaining the standardized mapping already, then you must select #2, below, along with any of the other enhancements listed.  Note that not all possible enhancements are relevant in all communities and some of them are targeted at communities with a GIS staff person.

  1. Adding additional map features and text labels from existing printed assessor maps or from GIS or CAD format sources.  Eligible features and labels include: parcel boundary dimensions; lot numbers; lot size; house numbers; easements and their labels; historic parcel lines; and landmark features (e.g., names of water features).  Building outlines, wetlands, and street name labels are NOT eligible.  Features and labels items requested must have been present on the version of the assessor maps that was being maintained at the time the L3 version of the maps was created for MassGIS.  MassGIS requests that communities differentiate between map content needed for supporting existing operations and map content needed “because it’s always been on our maps”.  In evaluating their operational needs, MassGIS encourages communities to think about how operational needs are changing or will change when information is displayed on a computer screen.
  2. Updating the standardized assessor parcel mapping data to include changes since the original standardize mapping was created for MassGIS.  This includes updates for new or reconfigured parcels, including attributes as required for the MassGIS standard OR for item (6), below.  Also, one of the two situations below applies for this enhancement: 
    a) Your community has already, or is in the process of having, your CAMA vendor bulk-load LOC_IDs to your CAMA database.  If this is true, then this enhancement can also include assigning the locational identifier (“LOC_ID”) from the standardized mapping to CAMA records that did not receive one when the original standardization work was completed; this assignment of LOC_IDs will be limited to developed parcels and to undeveloped parcels greater than two acres where that link to an assessing record can be determined without researching deeds or other original records.

    b) Your community has not already requested that your CAMA provider bulk-load your LOC_IDs to your database and your CAMA software provider is not either PK-Systems or CSC.  If this is true, then requesting the bulk-load of LOC_IDs is also a required step with this enhancement.  You initiate getting the LOC_IDs bulk-loaded by first contacting Paul Nutting (paul.nutting@state.ma.us) or Neil MacGaffey (neil.macgaffey@state.ma.us) at MassGIS.
  3. Modify or replace an existing automated capability or create an automated capability for producing printed maps (e.g., modify ArcGIS data driven pages or replace a CAD-based map printing capability) so that a set of printed or PDF format maps can be produced for a community using the L3 parcel data.  As necessary, this work can include creating the map sheet index (“tax map polygons”).
  4. Shifting existing dimension text labels (“annotation”) so that they align with parcel boundaries in the L3 mapping.
  5. Shifting “derived’ GIS data layers so that they align with parcel boundaries in the L3 mapping.  Some GIS features are derived from parcel boundaries.  For example, zoning overlay districts, school feeder districts, and water supply protection districts).  When parcel boundary locations in assessor mapping were modified as part of the standardized mapping project, boundaries in derived data layers no longer aligned with the parcel boundaries.  This enhancement includes adjusting boundaries of derived data layers to align with the relevant boundaries from the standardized parcel mapping.
  6. Creating an ArcGIS line feature class for parcel polygons provided that line feature class was present in the community’s existing GIS version of its parcel mapping when the L3 version was created for MassGIS.
  7. Adding back attributes of parcels that were not retained as part of creating the standardized mapping.  Attributes added in this enhancement category must have been present on the version of the assessor maps that was being maintained at the time the standardized version of the assessor maps was created for MassGIS.
  8. Up to four hours of training in using ArcGIS tools for maintaining assessor maps in compliance with L3 and/or training in how to resolve mismatches between assessing records and parcel mapping and vice-versa.  The person being trained must be a municipal employee whose primary job responsibilities are operating and maintaining a GIS for that community and they must be the person who already does or who will maintain the assessor maps.

    Return to the Project to Further Enhance Standardize Parcel Mapping Announcement


    Last Updated 1/21/2014