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Public Notification only tools

Screen Map



A basemap is the background that the layers in the map overlay.  You can choose the basemap that best suites your need from a variety of different themes.



Click wab_coordinatecrosshair to enable clicking the map to get coordinates. In this way, you can add a point on the map, highlight the coordinates, and make a copy of them.

Draw Tool


The Draw tools allows you to create graphics that display on the map. It optionally adds line distance or polygon area to the feature as text.

Drawing Steps

  1. Select the drawing mode by clicking the symbol type. (See draw options)
  2. Optionally, change the symbol for the feature using the symbol picker in the Draw widget. (See symbol details below)
  3. Draw features and texts on the map.
  4. Click Undo or Redo to undo or redo the drawing features. Click Clear to remove all of them.

Drawing Options


  • Point
  • Line
  • Polyline
  • Freehand Line
  • Triangle
  • Rectangle
  • Circle
  • Ellipse
  • Polygon
  • Freehand Polygon
  • Text

Point Symbols

Select the marker category, size, color, transparency, outline color, and outline width of the symbol. Only the size is available for the picture marker symbols.


Line Symbols

Select a pre-defined symbol from the box. You may also customize the color, style, transparency, and width of the symbol. Click Show Measurements and select the Distance Units to display the measurement with the line.


Polygon Symbols

Select a pre-defined symbol from the box. You may also customize the fill color, transparency, outline color, and outline width of the symbol. Click Show Measurements and select the Area Units and Distance Units to display the measurement with the polygon.


Text Symbols

Enter the Text to be drawn, and select a font color and size for the symbol.


Full Screen


The Full Screen widget enables you to open full-screen mode.

Layer List


Use the Layers List to toggle on/off individual layers and change other visibility settings.

Layer List Menus


  1. Clicking the box to the left of the layer will toggle the visibility of the layer
  2. Clicking an individual layer name shows the symbology for that layer
  3. Clicking the menu button (It looks like 3 dots) on the right side of a layer name displays the layer menu, which includes the following functions:
    • Zoom to — Sets the map extent to the extent of the layer.
    • Transparency - Sets the transparence for the layer.
    • Disable pop-up - Toggles on/off pop-up for layer.
    • Move up — Moves the layer one level up.
    • Move down — Moves the layer one level down.
    • Show item details - Display details page for layer.



Shows the symbology of visible layers that overlay the basemap.

Map Navigation


The Zoom Level Buttons zoom in or out one scale level


The Home Button zooms the map back to its default extent

Mouse and keyboard navigation:

  • Pan - Click and drag mouse or use arrow keys
  • Re center - SHIFT key + click map
  • Zoom In - SHIFT + drag mouse or mouse scroll forward
  • Zoom Out - SHIFT + CTRL + drag mouse or mouse scroll back
  • Fixed Zoom In - Use + key, + button on map or double click map
  • Fixed Zoom Out - Use - key or- button on map

Measure Tools


Measure the area of a polygon, length of a line, or find the coordinates of a point.

Measure Options


  • Location measurements
    Click the location measurement icon and click a point on the map. The Measurement tool displays the coordinates for the point in Degrees (decimal). You may change the coordinate display format to degrees/minutes/seconds by changing the Degrees drop-down to DMS.
  • Distance measurements
    Click the distance measurement icon and draw a line on the map by clicking two or more points. Double-click to finish drawing the line. The Measurement tool displays the total length of the line, using the defined length unit. To change the length unit, select the unit of measure from the drop-down menu.
  • Area measurements
    Click the area measurement icon and draw a polygon on the map by clicking three or more points. Double-click to finish drawing the polygon. The Measurement tool displays the total area of the polygon, using the defined area unit. To change the area unit, select the unit of measure from the drop-down menu.

Print Tools


Print the current map

Print Options


  • Map Title - Enter a title for the map in the Map Title text box.
  • Layout options
    • MAP_ONLY - export image of map (default)
    • Letter Landscape - 8.5" X 11", landscape
    • Letter Portrait - 8.5" X 11"
    • Tabloid Landscape - 11" X 17", landscape
    • Tabloid Portrait - 11" X 17"
  • Format Options
    • EPS
    • GIF
    • JPG
    • PDF (default)
    • PNG32
    • PNG8
    • SVG
    • SVGZ

Advanced Print Options


  • Map scale/extent
    • Preserve - Preserving map scale may cause the printed map to maintain its scale while recalculating the extent around the existing center point, while preserving the map extent may cause the scale to adjust to fit the current map extent into the printed map.
    • Force scale - You may also force a specific scale by checking the Force scale option and entering a scale. Click current to populate the value with the present scale of the map.
  • Labels
    • Show labels - Check to include feature labels on the print. (Basemap labels are always included)
  • Layout metadata
    • Author - Function not enabled
    • Copyright - Function not enabled
  • Include legend - Check the Include legend check box to display the legend on the printed map. (not available for MAP_ONLY layout)
  • MAP_ONLY size - If the MAP_ONLY format is selected, you may provide dimensions for the Width and Height in pixels.
  • Print quality - Allows you to update the resolution of the printed map. Provide an updated value for the DPI (dots per inch) in the text box.



The Search widget enables you search for a location by address, street name, place name or parcel identifier.

Public Notification Tools



The Abutters tool offers a to find a subject property and select a set of properties by a given distance. It provides a list of property owners for the selected set of properties in an Adobe PDF document that is formatted to match standard Avery Label formats, and a simple common separated text file (.CSV) that can be used in a subsequent mail merge to produce the public notice.

Walk through - Finding property abutters

This walk through describes the steps for finding properties within 300 feet of a selected property.

  1. Using the Select tool, select one or more properties to be used to find abutters. (See Select tool help)
  2. Open the Abutter tool
  3. Under the buffer settings, enter a value of 300 for the distance. This is the default value.
  4. Select feet as the units. This is the default value.
  5. Click the buffer button.
  6. The results of the buffer will appear on the map and the result table will list the results
  7. Optionally, remove records from the results by clicking a red X icon from the table.
  8. Optionally, modify the results by using the draw tools to interact with the map. Properties that intersect the drawn graphic that are already in the results will be removed. Properties that are not in the results will be added.
  9. Under the export options, select Avery Template 5160
  10. Click Create Labels button to generate a printable PDF file. PLEASE NOTE - Pop-up blocker settings may need to be modified to allow pop-ups from this web application

Buffer Options

Buffer tool and options become activated when tax parcels features are selected.

  • Distance - Max distance is 500
  • Units
    • Feet
    • Meters

Buffer Results

The results of the buffer tool appear on the map.

  • Buffer outline - Gray with/ diagonal line hatching
  • Result set - Parcels that intersect the buffer are shown in blue with darker blue outlines.
  • Input features - Selected parcels used to generate buffer are shown with red outline.

Draw Tools

Draw tools can be used to create or modify an existing result set. Intersecting parcels are added to result set or removed if they are already in the result set.

  • Rectangle - Drag mouse
  • Polygon - Click to add a vertex. Double click to complete polygon.

Result Table

Review result set records in the table. Records can be removed by clicking red X


Export Options

  • Avery Label Templates
    • 5160
    • 5193
  • CSV File



Use the select tool to draw a rectangle and select features

Select Options

  • New selection - Drag mouse
  • Add to selection - Shift + Drag mouse
  • Remove from selection - Ctrl + Drag mouse