Rationalizing Land Records, Mapping, Planning

by Kneeland A. Godfrey, Jr., Sr. Ed.; Civil Engineering Magazine, ASCE World Headquarters, 345 East 47th Street, New York City, NY.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1985, Vol. 55, Issue 2, Pg. 54-57

Document Type: Feature article


The way land records are kept and used in cities and counties is outmoded. The same is true for base mapping and land use planning. The computer is helping streamline all three, as is illustrated in the two case histories in this article. In Wyandotte County (Kansas City), Kans., computerizing and rationalizing of land records and of base mapping has led to collection of $500,000 in delinquent taxes that otherwise wouldn't have been collected so soon, if at all. This was done by bringing together all five county departments that collect and use land records—County Clerk, County Appraiser, Registrar of Deeds, County Surveyor, and County Treasurer—and having the departments jointly decide now to simplify procedures. New York State's Long Island Regional Planning Board used computer mapping techniques to complete a 1981 update of a 1961 land-use study in little more than one-half the time and with one-tenth the manpower as in 1961. Secret here was a faster and cheaper way of digitizing (feeding to the computer) information already on maps, called videodigitizing.

Subject Headings: Mapping | Computing in civil engineering | Land use | Case studies | Land surveys | Professional societies | Taxation | Islands | United States | Kansas | New York

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