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08/06/03

SAGIS Puts Property Info Online

If you've ever been involved in a major real estate deal, you know there are a million details you need to think about. Even if you're just hunting down a small home, all the information you need used to be hard to get hold of. Not any more in Chatham County, where a geographic information system it lets you find everything from photographs to property values on the internet.
 
John Brannen, director of the Savannah-Area Geographic Information System project, or SAGIS, said his group gathers all the "data that is necessary to run a community, whether it's economic development data, or zoning data, or routing, traffic routing." SAGIS' goal is "combining all of this in a system that you can more quickly find data as you need it."

SAGIS utilizes the resources of city, county, and industry to bring everything from tax assessments to flood patterns into a single system. It's an initiative to help government, businesses, and individuals make more informed decisions. Though he stresses SAGIS is a work in progress, Brannen tells us it's already helped grab the interest of major players.

"We were part of the process for the DaimlerChrysler site," he said. "We were able to bring the data all together from all the different components, the sewer, the storm water, the telephone service...I think the [DaimlerChrysler] people liked that a lot, because it showed the community working together. Their front people didn't have to have to come here and find out all of that by talking to individual agencies and groups."

For smaller real estate interests, you can get public information, like land value and pictures of individual properties, on SAGIS' website. There they have parcel information, aerial photographs, even contour lines. This all comes from a variety of sources, and SAGIS puts it all in one place for you.

For national security reasons, SAGIS can't put everything it tracks on that site--things detailing critical infrastructure, for example--but they can make that information more readily available to developers and others who need to know.

Reported by: Charles Gray, cgray@wtoc.com

 

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