The Washtenaw County, MI Website is best viewed at a Screen Resolution of 1024 x 768. To change your screen resolution, right click on your desktop and select 'Properties' from the menu. A popup window will appear. Select the 'Settings' tab. Adjust your Screen Resolution to the appropriate setting and click 'Apply'.

This site provides access to Washtenaw County GIS Data. By using this site, you will be able to do the following:

The Title Bar has buttons at the top right to allow the user to view the County's disclaimer, activate the help feature and restart the website.


Disclaimer

Click the "Disclaimer" button in the Title Bar to view Washtenaw County's general disclaimer.




Restart

Click the "Restart" button in the Title Bar at any time if you wish to restart the application and return to the startup page.


QuickMaps

The Washtenaw County website provides you with numerous categories of custom layer groupings. At any time, use the QuickMap dropdown box to change the map layers to one of the custom layer sets. You may also manually change the layers at any time to suit your individual needs.






The Tools menu will allow you to navigate around the map by Zooming in, Zooming out, Panning and Viewing the Full Extent of the map. The tools in the Tools Menu will also allow you to conduct searches on properties, Print maps, and Identify Parcels and Features.


Map Navigation


Click the "Zoom In" button and draw a box around the area you wish to zoom closer to. The border of the box you draw will become the new extents of the map.

Click the "Zoom Out" button and draw a box around the area you wish to zoom out to. The border of the box you draw will become the new extents of the map.

Click the "Zoom Previous" button if you wish return to the previous map extent. This button will only take you back one map extent.

Click the "Full View" button if you wish to zoom to the extents of all layers and view the County in its entirety.

Click the "Pan" button if you wish to move up, down, left, or right on the map but remain at the current zoom level. Once you click the Pan button, the cursor will change to a four-directional arrow. Click and drag the map in the direction in which you want the map to move. If you leave the boundaries of the map window, the application will automatically move the map in the direction of where the cursor left the window.




To get to the search tools, click on the Search tab located on the right side of the application window.


Once you click on it, you will be given the following options for searching:
  • Search by Owner
  • Search by Parcel ID
  • Search by Address
  • Search by Section




  • Search By Owner's Name

    To search for a Parcel by the Owner's name, click the "Search by Owner" button. A place for you to enter the Owner's name appears in the Query Window. Enter the Owner's last name first, then first name, with no commas in between. For example SMITH FRANK. You may also include any part of the name because a wildcard character is inserted into the query to include all names with the letters you enter. (Example: Entering "SMITH" and clicking "Search" may return results of SMITH MARY, SMITH,FRANK, and SMITHERS, JOHN). To filter the results, you can select the township that the property is in (CVT_Description for the parcel). If you do not select a Township, the application will search all townships.



    A list of candidate results will be presented to you in the Query Window. Information about the Owner and Location of the related property will be returned. The PIN number for each record will be hyperlinked. Click the Hyperlink for the Parcel you wish to zoom to. The application will automatically highlight and zoom you to the Parcel you selected. If only one parcel was returned by the search, the application will automatically highlight and zoom to that parcel.


    To clear the highlighted selection, click on the Clear Selection Button.

    To do another search, click on the Search Menu tab to be returned to the search menu.

    If no results are found that match your input parameters, you will get message telling you that there are no results for your search.




    Search By Parcel ID

    To search for a Parcel by Parcel ID, click the "Search By ParcelID" button. A place for you to enter the Parcel PIN appears in the Query Window. You must enter at least the first character of the parcel. The more characters in the parcel PIN that you enter, the more exact the results will be. The results will be returned to you in the same window.


    As with the Owner Search, information about the Owner and Location of the related property will be returned. Click the Hyperlink for the Parcel you wish to view information for. The application will automatically highlight and zoom to the Parcel you selected. If only a single parcel is returned, the application will automatically highlight and zoom to that parcel.

    Search by Parcel Results

    To clear the highlighted selection, click on the Clear Selection Button.

    To do another search, click on the Search Menu tab to be returned to the search menu.

    If no results are found that match your input parameters, you will get message telling you that there are no results for your search.





    Search By Address

    Search by Address


    To search for a Parcel by Address, click the "Search by Address." button. A place for you to enter the house number and the Street Name appears in the Query Window,(found below the tools frame). A list of results will be returned to you in the Query Window. You do not have to include a house number in the House Number textbox and you do not have to include a street suffix (ST, DR, etc) in the Street Name textbox. You may include any part of the House Number and Street Name because a wildcard character is inserted into the query so that it will return all parcels whose address starts with the House Number(s) you entered AND whose Street Name begins with the letters you entered. (Example: Entering "3 Barton" and clicking "Search" will return results including 300 BARTON SHORE DRIVE, 325 BARTON NORTH DRIVE, and 3878 BARTON FARM COURT). Click on the Search Button to start the parcel search. As with the Owner Search, information about the Owner and Location of the related property will be returned. Click the Hyperlink for the Parcel you wish to view and the application will automatically highlight and zoom you to the Parcel you selected. If only one parcel matches your search criteria the application will automatically highlight and zoom to that parcel.

    Search by Address

    To clear the highlighted selection, click on the Clear Selection Button.

    To do another search, click on the Search Menu tab to be returned to the search menu.

    If no results are found that match your input parameters, you will get message telling you that there are no results for your search.





    Search for Section


    Search by Section

    To search for and zoom to an entire Section , click the Search by Section/QS button. When you click the button, a new form will appear in the Query Window, replacing the Legend or Layers List. Click on the arrow in the TWP drop down to see the available Townships and click on the arrow in the SEC drop down box to see the available Sections. Select the combination to which you would like to zoom. Click on the Search Button and the map will highlight and zoom to the selection Section or Quarter Section.
    Section Drop Down

    To clear the highlighted area, click on the Clear Selection Button.

    To do another search, click on the Search Menu tab to be returned to the search menu.





    Clear Selection

    At any time during a Parcel Search operation, you may clear the selected feature from the map by clicking the button in the Tools Window.

    Before Clear Selection of a Parcel:

    Clear Selection


    After Clear Selection of a Parcel:

    Clear Selection




    Overview Map

    The overview map shows where you are in relation to the entire county. The red square on the overview map indicates the location and extent of the current view. To remove the overview map from the application, click the checkbox : . When there is a checkmark in this checkbox, the overview map is visible, when there is no check, the overview map is not visible.

    To change the visibility of the overview map, click in the box.

    Overview Map

    No Overview Map Shown
    No Overview Map

     


    Printing Maps

    The Washtenaw County website allows you to print many different sized map outputs, in two formats -- Production Quality Maps and Draft Quality Maps.

    Production quality maps are saved in PDF format, and are created directly from ArcGIS. These maps are the same quality as maps that you would create in ArcGIS.

    The production quality maps are available in the following sizes:

    Draft quality maps are maps that are created by ArcIMS using the current extent of the map view. These maps are created using HTML and images and are lower quality than the production quality PDF maps, however, they can be generated faster than the production quality PDF maps. The draft quality maps allow you to add title and subtitles to the map.

    The Draft Quality maps are available in the following sizes:

    Both types of maps have the same basic layout, including a locus map, a scale bar, the map window, and Washtenaw County's disclaimer.

    Sample Production Quality Map - 8.5" x 11" Landscape

    Production Quality Map

     

    Sample Draft Quality Map - 11" x 8.5"

    Draft Quality Map

     

    Print Map Button

    Print Map ButtonClick the "Print Map" button at any time to create and preview a printable map of the current view in the Map Window. The Data Window will allow you to select from either a Production Quality Map or a Draft Quality Map.

    To print a Production Quality Map, select the map size from the drop down box, then select the map scale at which to print the map by clicking in the radio button in front of the Map Scale Text. In the image below, "Fit Map to Page" is the selected map scale. This option is selected by default. You can print the production quality maps using the map scale options:

    Once you have selected the map size and map scale, add the title text, and click on the Print Map text. A new window will replace the printing window. Click on the View PDF link to have the new PDF map open in a new window.

    View PDF

    To print a Draft Quality Map, click on the size map you would like to print, either 8.5" x 11" or 11" x 17".
    An HTML map will open in a new window. In order for the map to print correctly, you may have to go to the Page Setup options from the Page Setup... menu in the browser and adjust settings in your browser correctly; this includes removing all headers, footers, and setting the paper margins appropriately (0.5" for all is recommended).
    To do this, Go to the File Menu -> Page Set Up....

    and a new Dialog box will open, which will look like the following:


    Change the Orientation box to Landscape, check the margins in the Margin(inches) box.

    To see approximately what your map will look like once it's printed, return to the File Menu, and go to the Print Preview option.



    Layers

    Layers

    A complete list of map layers is visible in the Layer List. All data layers that are in the project are visible in the layers list. Some layers are scale dependent, so they may not be visible in the map at your current scale. You can see which layers are not visible at the current scale, but available at a larger or smaller scale because they will have next to their name. To manually change layers, either check or uncheck the boxes next to the layers. By default, the layers visible on the map will update automatically based on your layer selections. If you would like to change this, uncheck the " Auto Refresh" checkbox under the button. Then you can check and uncheck the layers, and click the button to update the map.

    Many of the layers are grouped by Dataset. For example, all the layers dealing with parcels are grouped under the Parcels Group folder, such as Parcel PINs, Parcel Lot Numbers, Block Numbers, Lot Dimensions, and Parcel Lines. To view all the layers available in a group, click on the folder in front of the group name. The layers will be listed underneath the folder. To close the folder, click on the open folder icon , and the group will collapse. You can click on the box in front of the folder to turn all the layers in the folder on or off. The following is the key to the symbols on in the legend window:

    A closed group, click to open.
    An open group, click to close.
    A map layer.
    A hidden group/layer, click to make visible.
    A visible group/layer, click to hide.
    A visible layer, but not at this scale.
    A partially visible group, click to make visible.

    There is a cheatsheet for the legend at the bottom of the legend window.

    To view the Layers at any time, click the "Layers" tab at the top of the Data Frame.


    Legend

    Legend

    To view the Legend at any time, click the "Legend" tab at the top of the Data Frame. The legend will only display the layers that are visible at the current scale.