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12/27/16

Continued improvements on the BrownDog app

The "BrownDog" online GIS app continues to be developed.  This app will work on any computer device, including iPhones and iPad.  BrownDog is an alternative for those who cannot use our older GeoPrime flex app.

Some of the latest enhancements to the BrownDog online app include:
  • Search by Land Owner Name (available through the Advanced Search button).  This type of search requires a password which is available through the registration form link at the top of the app. 
  • Other enhanced search capabilities using the basic search box and the advanced search button.
  • More map layers and more control over the layer display.  For example, click the ... (ellipses) to the right of the layer name to adjust layer transparency. 
  • Better popup window displays.
 In the coming year, more enhancements to the online GIS sites are planned.

12/8/16

New Brown County map includes 2016 population estimates, land cover

A new Brown County map was recently published as a downloadable PDF:
This map includes major roads and municipal boundaries as well as 2016 population estimates for each municipality.  General land cover classifications show developed, agricultural and forest lands colored in green & gold (of course!).  Land cover is based on the Wiscland2 dataset.  As a final touch:  A 'hillshade' effect was lightly applied to show topographic relief.

Here is a preview of what you'll get when you download the PDFs:

http://www.gis.co.brown.wi.us/web_documents/LIO/PDF/BrownCountyWI_11x17_Color.pdf

11/21/16

Changes Coming to Brown County's Land Information Web Sites

Some news regarding Brown County's land information web sites:
  • The Property Search site will be getting an overhaul in 2017.  Our Property Search site has changed little since it launched about 15 years ago, but the time has come for change.  This site runs on tables stored in a 33-year-old AS/400 system which is slated for replacement in the coming year, and with that, the Property Search web site will also see some changes.   The new site will have the same information as the old (possibly more) and will of course link to the new GIS site for the map.   More details to come.
  • GeoPrime will be replaced:  Although GeoPrime is Brown County's most-used GIS web mapping site, it has to be phased out  because the technology it is based on is no longer being supported.  GeoPrime will likely be shut down completely by 2018.
  • Plans for the new GIS mapping websites:
    • A new "basic" GIS site will be launched in the coming months.  Check back for the link when it becomes available.  This new site will have mostly the same functions and simple 'look and feel' that GeoPrime has.  Some of the benefits of the new site include:  It will have much faster performance;  It will have 'responsive design' meaning it will work well on any web or mobile device including iPhones; Buttons and the map view will adapt to the screen size;  It will use the Javascript API, which won't require 'plugins' to run ( just know it will make your IT security people happy!). 
    • A new "advanced" GIS site is also being developed.  This site is not finished, but it is available now;   Click here to check it out.  For lack of a better name, we are calling it the "BrownDog". Why BrownDog, you ask?   Well, 1) because we couldn't come up with a better name that has anything to do with Brown County that wasn't boring and 2) because we like dogs (that is a photo of Sunny, my Golden Retriever on the thumbnail image. She's not quite brown in color but close enough and definitely cute enough, I think!).  The advanced site will use the same technology and base data as the basic viewer, but it will have many more functions & features to keep the tech-savvy people happy.  Like the Survey Index, this app is based on Esri's Web Appbuilder which makes it easy to add new features.
    • The above sites are designed for multiple purposes & general GIS use.  As you probably know, we also offer other more 'focused' maps and apps including:
 If you would like to provide some input or feedback, feel free to send a note!

 Sunny the BrownDog (OK...Golden, close enough!)

1/8/16

Land Owned by the Green Bay Packers

Parcels of land owned by the Green Bay Packers

Click to view interactive map
How to use the interactive map:
  • Zoom in (tip: Use your mouse wheel to zoom in / out)
  • Click on each parcel to view more details (assessed values, acreage, links to other real estate documents, and more).  You can view this information for adjacent parcels as well. Assessment values are the most current available at Brown County; Assessment values are updated each spring/summer via the municipal assessor.
  • Click Layers (blue button to the upper left of the map)  to interactively view this area with older aerial photography and historic parcel data. This will allow you to view the development of this area from 1938-present and see how land ownership has changed.
More interesting facts about this area:
  • The parcel on which Lambeau Field is located is not owned by the Packers (it is owned by the City of Green Bay).
  • Most of the highlighted parcels west of Lambeau Field will become part of the Titletown District development starting in 2016.  The Titletown District is in Ashwaubenon.
  • Many of the smaller parcels south of the stadium were converted from residential lots to parking lots over the last 5 years.
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