Please read this HELP PAGE before using GIS Public Access


What is GIS Public Access? What is the Zoom Out Full button for?
Technical Requirements How do I select a map area by Parcel Search?
How long does it take to display a map? How do I do a buffer search?
How do I Zoom In to a map area? How do I print the displayed map and parcel information?
How do I Zoom Out of a map area? "Map server no longer connected"
What is the Pan tool for? GIS Comments and Questions
What is the Identify tool for?  

GIS Public Access is an internet-based Geographic Information System. The application makes parcels and associated data easily accessible to all governmental agencies and citizens of the Town of Colonie using Internet technology.

The GIS Public Access application was developed by Applied GIS, Inc using ESRI Internet Map Server software.

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Technical Requirements

GIS Public Access has been designed to work with Internet Explorer 4.0 - 6.0 and Netscape 4.7 - 6.1 (with the exception of Netscape 6.0).

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How long does it take to display a map?
The average response time to draw a map is less than 30 seconds.
Many factors determine the speed at which GIS Public Access will operate. Your computer's modem speed, the network activity and speed at your Internet provider and the number of concurrent users on GIS Public Access all determine the time it takes to display a map.

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How do I Zoom In to a map area?

The Zoom In tool is located in the pull down menu in the upper right corner under "click on map to". Select this tool and click on an area of the map you are interested in. The map will be redrawn at a smaller scale. Click on the area of the map until you are zoomed in to your desired view. You may also Zoom In by holding down the right button on your mouse and drag a rectangle around the area you are interested in. The map will redraw to the area inside the rectangle.

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How do I Zoom Out of a map area?

The Zoom Out tool is located in the pull down menu in the upper right corner under "click on map to". Select this tool and click on an area of the map you are interested in. The map will be redrawn at a larger scale. Click on the area of the map until you are zoomed out to your desired view. You may also Zoom Out by holding down the right button on your mouse and drag a rectangle around the area you are interested in. The map will redraw to an area proportionate to the size of the rectangle. The smaller the rectangle you draw, the farther out the map view will zoom.

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What is the Pan tool for?

The Pan tool is located in the pull down menu in the upper right corner under "click on map to". Select this tool and click on an area of the map you are interested in. The map will be redrawn shifted to the area you clicked on. You may also pan the view by dragging the display in any direction with the mouse. To pan, move the cursor anywhere over the view, hold down the mouse button, and drag in any direction. Release the mouse button to leave the view in your desired position.

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What is the Identify tool for?

The Identify tool is located in the pull down menu in the upper right corner under "click on map to". Select this tool and click any feature (e.g., parcel) currently displayed on the map view. All of the data from the attribute database will be displayed.

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What is the Zoom Out Full Button for?

The Zoom Out Full button is located in the upper right corner. The button will allow you to zoom out to the full geographic extent of the study area (Town of Colonie, Village of Colonie, or Village of Menands).

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How do I select a map area by Parcel Search?

To select a map area by parcel search, select the parcel search button in the upper right corner.
Users can search for a parcel based on the following criteria;

    1. Owner name - Enter Only last name for best results. The query will give you a list of all property owners by last name.
    2. Parcel Address - Enter only the street name of the parcel of interest. The query will give you a list of all properties for the street.
    3. Criteria - The criteria which are available for use are landuse, zoning, and minimum/maximum lot size. Select landuse and zoning from the pull down menus and enter in a minimum and maximum lot size.

A clear selection button is available for the user to clear the selected parcels at any time. The clear button is located in the upper right corner. Use this button to start your parcel search over.

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How do I do a buffer search?

The buffer search will only work when a single parcel is selected. Select the buffer button in the upper right corner. The buffer search will allow the user to search for all parcels within a specified distance of the selected parcel. The results of the buffer search will show the buffer polygon around the selected parcel and will highlight the parcels within the buffer zone. An attribute listing will be displayed showing the records for those parcels within the buffer zone. Select the attribute listing and copy (ctrl+c) and paste (ctrl+v) into your word processing or spreadsheet software.

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How do I print the displayed map and parcel information?

Users can print a map of the current map display by selecting the print button in the upper right corner. The map will include a legend, scale bar, north arrow, and a user defined title block.

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"Map server no longer connected"

The GIS Public Access will be unavailable when fixing errors, upgrading software, and updating data. If you experience this error, we apologize for the inconvenience and will attempt to keep these interruptions to a minimum.

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GIS Comments and Questions

Thank you for taking time to read the GIS Public Access help page. If you have any additional questions, suggestions, or comments regarding GIS Public Access please send e-mail here.

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