Query the map to find and display information of interest.
– A standard search tool to quickly find property, addresses, roads, subdivisions, schools, post offices, recycling centers, libraries, polling sites, parks, and other map features.
– Select map features within a given layer by pointing, drawing a line, drawing a shape (polygon), using the current map view extent, or selecting all features. Additionally, features may be selected using a buffer distance.
– Select, add to an existing selected set, or deselect map features within a given layer using multiple criteria and a set of standard query operators.
– Find a location using an address or an intersection of two streets.
– A search tool to identify and locate properties with similar sales characteristics.
The default search parameters include all searchable fields in all searchable map layers and are recommended in most instances.
To begin, click in the Search Here text box and begin typing a word or phrase (search string) to search such as a property owner's name, a parcel identification number (PIN), a street address, a subdivision, or a more general term such as “recycle”, or “post office”. The search engine uses predictive text to find and display records as the search string is entered. It is not necessary (or desirable) to completely enter a search string before selecting a record of interest. For example, the complete address, 300 University Ridge, is returned after typing “300 Un” and can be selected from the list with a mouse click or by scrolling down with the arrow keys and pressing enter on the keyboard.
One record is returned displaying descriptive Details and the map zooms to the selected address point.
When one or more records are selected, the CSV (comma separated values) file export tool becomes active. This tool will download descriptive information for the selected record(s) to your computer for use in Microsoft Excel or similar software. To do so, click on the CSV button and specify a download location. Click Save.
The Table view button opens a new tab with the descriptive details displayed in tabular format. Table view also includes a Zoom to button to quickly zoom to the location of the selected feature.
The Clear button will clear the current search results, including any details displayed and revert to the Search dialog box.
If desired, new features (records) may be selected or added to the current selected set or existing features removed from the current selected set by typing a new search string and clicking on New Selection, Add to, or Remove from. Click on the search icon to apply the new search parameters.
To temporarily display the map under the Search dialog, click the Map button. The Search dialog will minimize but remain active. The search parameters or details of the selected features may be re-displayed by clicking on the respective button.
In most instances, the default search parameters are appropriate for a parcel search based on an owner's name or a PIN. In some cases, however, it may be advantageous to specify a single field to query such as the name of the street on which a parcel is located. This approach filters records that may partially match the search string, such as addresses or roads, but are irrelevant to the task at hand. In this example, the objective is to select tax parcels located on Timberjack Street in Simpsonville.
Click CSV to export and download the selected records as a CSV file suitable for use in spreadsheet software such as Microsoft Excel. It is likely the exported PIN/Tax Map Number will either be displayed in scientific notation or will be truncated in the spreadsheet software. Formatting the PIN/Tax Map Number column will correct this problem.
To format the Pin / Tax Map Number column in Microsoft Excel:
Right click on the column Pin / Tax Map # and choose Format Cells...
Under the Category section choose Custom.
In the Type section enter 13 zeros.
To format the Pin / Tax Map Number in Libre Office Calc:
In the text import wizard window, under the Fields section, select the Pin / Tax Map # column.
For the column Type choose Text.
Note: In some cases, Internet Explorer will open the CSV file in the GIS application window instead of downloading the file. If this is the case, choose File >> Save As from the Internet Explorer menu and specify Text as the format type. Specify a download location and save the file. Due to a Microsoft issue, the Back button will no longer function at this point, requiring the application tab to be closed and the mapping application to be re-opened. This limitation does not exist in Google Chrome or in Firefox.
Select map features within the Selectable Layer by pointing, drawing a line, drawing a shape (polygon), using the current map view extent, or selecting all features. Features may also be selected using a buffer distance and may be added to or removed from a currently selected set.
To begin, zoom-in to the area of interest on the map, click Search on the main menu, and Select on Map from the drop down. On the Selectable Layer drop down menu, select the data layer of interest. The Tax Parcel layer is the default.
In addition to selecting only the features that intersect a point, line, or shape drawn on the map, features within a specified buffer distance may also be included in the selected set by checking Add a buffer with distance(ft): and selecting or entering a distance.
In this example, the center parcel of the three outlined in red is selected by drawing a Point. The two parcels on either side, within 100 feet of the location of the point, are also selected. The same buffering procedure may be applied when selecting features using lines or shapes.
If one or more features in the Selectable Layer are currently selected, then the button, Select nearby features within(ft):, becomes active. Specify a distance and click this button to select nearby features.
In this example, parcels within 250 feet of the three originally selected parcels are now selected and presented in the Details tab.
The All option is intended for feature layers containing less than 1000 records. Using this option for large data sets, such as tax parcels, may produce unexpected results.
The Advanced Search tool provides a mechanism to select, add to an existing selected set, or deselect map features within a single data layer using multiple criteria and a set of standard query operators.
In this example, the requirement is to identify tax parcels that are between ten and twenty acres in size, are classified by the tax assessor as vacant-residential, and have been sold since January 1, 2010.
The Find Address tool provides a mechanism for finding a location using an address or an intersection of two streets.
To begin, click in the empty search box and begin typing an address. The search engine uses predictive text to find and display records as the search string is entered. For example, the complete address, 101 N Main St, Greer 29650, is returned after typing “101 N Main” and can be selected from the list with a mouse click or by scrolling down with the arrow keys and pressing enter on the keyboard.
When the result is selected, the map will zoom to the address, the location of which is indicated by a flag icon.
To begin, click in the empty search box and type one of the street names of the desired intersection. Follow this with an ampersand (&) and then the other street name. Street prefixes, suffixes, and types aren’t necessary and the text is not case sensitive. For example, to find the intersection of East North Street and North Pleasantburg Drive, simply type north & pleasantburg. If a valid intersection is found, the result will display below the search box and can be selected with a mouse click or by scrolling down with the arrow keys and pressing enter on the keyboard.
In the above example, two results are returned because the intersection is located at the junction of two zipcode boundaries.
When the result is selected, the map will zoom to the intersection, the location of which is indicated by a flag icon.
The Sales Search tool provides a mechanism for identifying and locating properties with similar sales characteristics which include: Property Type, Location, Structure Size, Lot Size, Number of Bedrooms and Bathrooms, Market and Sales Price, Sales Date, and Valid Sale.
In this example, the requirement is to identify residential properties that share specific characteristics and are within a mile of the intersection of East North Street and North Pleasantburg Drive. The criteria for the properties include the following:
In this example, the requirement is to identify unimproved commercial properties that share specific characteristics and are near, or inside, the Greenville City limits. The criteria for the properties include the following: