Augusta Releases New and Improved Property Map

The City of Augusta, Georgia’s Geographic Information System Department has recently made some wonderful new updates to its online property mapping application. The updated map has been designed to make searching for property records and other features as simple as possible. Additionally, the site provides users access to several new features. One of the site’s new features include a community tool to access neighborhood-level information such flood zones, parks, hospitals, schools, solid waste pickup days, and voter information. The map also features aerial photos, parcel street maps views, and property sales records dating back as far as 2003.

In an article in Augusta Chronicle, by Steve Crawford titled “Augusta launches update to online property map site”, the geographic information systems project leader, Michele Pearman, said that these changes have put Augusta’s site on the leading edge of what is available from similar public sites in the region, if not nationwide. She said the map is designed for professionals as well as for citizens who desire more information. One new feature that seems to be a big hit among those in the professional community is the ability to view sales of other properties in surrounding areas and comparable property sales. Tom Davis, who has been in the property appraisal business for many years, said he uses similar sites in the Augusta area but “the easiest one in the area to navigate is Richmond County’s site.” Pearman has also said that their long-term goal is to integrate even more data into the mapping site including business information and crime data.

Augusta’s online mapping application provides tools to search real estate property records, perform property comparisons, and find neighborhood information such as the closest fire department, hospital, park, or bus route. Aerial images from five different years including 1997, 2002, 2007, 2010, and 2011 have also been added to the site allowing users to see all the changes that may have been made to a property over the years. Additionally, the oblique imagery viewing capabilities has been enhanced to allow viewing of various years of photos and features a live pan and zoom. Popular features from the old site such as measurement and graphic tools, as well as links to other online mapping programs are still available along with an expanded property report.

Users can search for property records in a variety of ways. The search text box has been configured to use auto-suggest technology allowing users to narrow down and filter their search criteria with each letter typed into the search box. Search results include a property report that provides detailed information about the property such as owner information, market value, properly tax bill, land information, improvements, photos, and sales history. Look for additional functionality and features to be added in the future. The city welcomes user feedback and suggestions.

You can access Augusta’s GIS mapping site here. Additional information about the new map, video help files, and a very helpful user guide can be found here.

If you are interested in accessing additional public records for the City of Augusta, visit the Augusta – Richmond County, Georgia Free Public Records Directory. There you will find access to restaurant inspection scores, inmate records, tax sale property listings, crime statistics, burial records, traffic cameras, Commission meeting minutes and registered sex offenders.

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