GIS Projects


The following lists include major new initiatives in the GIS Division of the Planning and Parks Department and projects from other Departments using Land Information funds.

NOTE: Land Information funds are generated by a state authorized fee that is applied to every real estate document recorded by the Register of Deeds. Expenditures must be for Land Records Modernization and Integration and consistent with the County Land Information Plan

Current Projects

2010 Preventative Monument Maintenance Program Lead Department/Division: County Surveyor
The current project is a continuation of the monument maintenance program initiated in 2006. In phase one all monuments were inspected and a condition report developed that includes the existence and condition of the monument and associated ties and reference benchmarks. The second phase, currently underway, will bring all monuments found to be deficient into compliance with Washington County standards. In 2010 the described work is being completed for T9N R18E (Town of Erin). If the program continues and one township is inspected each year, it will take 12 years to inspect all monuments in Washington County. The County Surveyor is completing some of the work with the bulk contracted to a qualified surveying/engineering firm.
Completed Date Phase 1: 2010 Q3
Estimated Completion Date Phase 2: 2012 Q2



2011 Preventative Monument Maintenance Program Lead Department/Division: County Surveyor
The current project is a continuation of the monument maintenance program initiated in 2006. In phase one all monuments were inspected and a condition report developed that includes the existence and condition of the monument and associated ties and reference benchmarks. The second phase, currently underway, will bring all monuments found to be deficient into compliance with Washington County standards. In 2011 the described work is being completed for T10N R20E (Town of Jackson and Portions of the Village of Jackson). If the program continues and one township is inspected each year, it will take 12 years to inspect all monuments in Washington County. The County Surveyor is completing some of the work with the bulk contracted to a qualified surveying/engineering firm.
Completed Date Phase 1: 2011 Q2
Estimated Completion Date Phase 2: 2012 Q2



Enhanced Access to Scanned Highway Plans Lead Department/Division: Highway and GIS
The Highway Department previously scanned and made available highway plans for county and many state highway projects. This project will incorporate the plans stored in other county offices and make them more accessible and integrated with our other public access initiatives.
Estimated Completion Date: 2012 Q3



Rubicon River Floodplain Mapping Lead Department/Division: GIS
The quality of floodplain mapping in Washington County is inconsistent. The mapping in some areas includes detailed studies supported by large-scale topographic mapping. Other areas are unstudied and the floodplains are approximate. Based on sub-watershed, 12 floodplain improvement projects have been identified. The current Rubicon River project is the first in what could be a series of projects to improve floodplain mapping countywide. When complete the revised floodplain data will be incorporated in county zoning and FEMA maps. The remaining 11 projects would be completed as time and funding permits. The work is being completed through a partnership with the Wisconsin DNR
Estimated Completion Date: 2012 Q4



2012 Preventative Monument Maintenance Program Lead Department/Division: County Surveyor
The current project is a continuation of the monument maintenance program initiated in 2006. In phase one all monuments will be inspected and a condition report developed that includes the existence and condition of the monument and associated ties and reference benchmarks. The second phase will bring all monuments found to be deficient into compliance with Washington County standards. In 2012 the described work is being completed for T10N R18E (Town of Hartford and Portions of the Village of Slinger and City of Hartford). If the program continues and one township is inspected each year, it will take 12 years to inspect all monuments in Washington County. The County Surveyor is completing some of the work with the bulk contracted to a qualified surveying/engineering firm.
Estimated Completion Date Phase 1: 2012 Q3
Estimated Completion Date Phase 2: 2013 Q2



Historic Tax Roll Scanning Lead Department/Division: Treasurer
Washington County intends to begin the process of scanning and enhancing accessibility to historic tax rolls. This project will also provide a back-up to these historic documents.
Estimated Completion Date: 2013 Q3



FEMA Floodplain Map Modernization Lead Department/Division: Land Use and GIS
The US Department of Homeland Security-Federal Emergency Management Agency is undertaking a national initiative to modernize the floodplain data used to administer the National Flood Insurance Program. Work in Washington County is underway with local support being provided by the Land Use and GIS Divisions of the Washington County Planning and Parks Department as well as various Washington County municipalities. Additional program coordination is coming from SEWRPC and the Wisconsin DNR. Washington County anticipates incorporating the revised floodplain data into the County Shoreland/floodplain/wetland zonings maps when it becomes available. More information on the Floodplain Map Modernization Program is available from FEMA and the Wisconsin DNR.
Estimated Completion Date: Dependent on FEMA

Recently Completed Projects

Register of Deeds Document Scanning Lead Department/Division: Register of Deeds
Over the past five years the Register of Deeds has completed numerous projects to scan historic real estate documents and modernize their indexes. Consequently, all documents and a digital grantor/grantee index are available from 1945 to the present (a digital tract index is available for 1998 to the present). The intent of this project was to scan all remaining real estate documents (1944 and older). This project provides a back-up to these important records, decreases wear and tear on the paper books, and provides more convenient access. All digital real estate records are available on-line through LandShark.
Completed Date: 2012 Q1



Land-Use Division Data/Application Upgrade Lead Department/Division: Land Use and GIS
The Land Use Division, with the assistance of GIS, implemented a new system to administer the Private On-site Wastewater Treatment Systems (POWTS) maintenance program. A key benefit to the new system will be the integration of POWTS information with the GIS and other land information. This integration will provide improved spatial analysis and reporting. Maintenance information will be more accessible and the option to submit pumping records on-line will be offered.
Completed Date: 2011 Q4



Interactive Mapping Website Update Lead Department/Division: GIS
The GIS Interactive Mapping website was updated to take advantage of advances in web mapping software. The update included a few new features, improved existing functionality and made the application faster. The update also provided administrative benefits. As before, nearly all data layers developed and maintained by the GIS Division are accessible through the Washington County Interactive Mapping Application. The application was originally developed to provide more convenient access for internal staff, land information professionals, and the general public requiring access to land information.
Completed Date: 2011 Q4



Plat Finder Mapping Application Lead Department/Division: County Surveyor and GIS
A 2009 project scanned and indexed approximately 30,000 surveys filed with the county surveyor and accessed in the office of the Real Property Lister. These surveys have been accessible on-line through a text search. This project created a mapping interface to locate and search for the previously scanned surveys. More information on interactive mapping applications maintained by the GIS Division.
Completed Date: 2011 Q4



Redistricting Lead Department/Division: County Board
The GIS Division provided technical support to the County's redistricting effort. This included the creation of multiple supervisor plan options that attempted to satisfy the goals set forth by the redistricting committee. The GIS Division provided technical assistance as requested to the communities in Washington County with the creation of their ward plans. Wards were reconciled with the State districts and adjustments made where necessary. Many mapping products were created during the creation/approval process as well as for the ongoing implementation phase.
Completed Date: 2011 Q4



Nutrient Application Restrictions Mapping Application Lead Department/Division: Land and Water Conservation and GIS
There are two separate environmental risks, groundwater and surface water, associated with agricultural nutrient management. This application was created to provide the public with an interactive map of the layer the Land and Water Conservation Division maintains locating where these risks exist. More information on interactive mapping applications maintained by the GIS Division.
Completed Date: 2011 Q3



On-line Tax Maps Lead Department/Division: Real Property Lister and GIS
Each year the GIS Division produces for the Real Property Lister, a set of printable parcel maps. When printed at full size, the maps are roughly 36" x 36". Depending on the area, the map scale is either 1" equals 100' or 1" equals 200'. These maps were made available for viewing/download on-line.
Completed Date: 2011 Q2



1985 Historic Photo Scanning Lead Department/Division: GIS
This project scanned the negatives from historic aerial photographs. The individual images were mosiaced into a single image, edge matched, dodge, and manually edited for consistency to clean up seam lines and other issues. The resulting dataset are georeferenced, but are not true orthophotographs. This project used negatives originally acquired in 1985 by the SEWRPC. The data resulting from this project can be purchased following standard procedures or viewed on the Washington County Interactive Mapping Application
Completed Date: 2011 Q2



2010 Orthophotography Lead Department/Division: GIS
Updated orthophotography for Washington County was acquired from a spring 2010 flight. The primary deliverable was 6" pixel, true color, leaf-off orthophotography prepared to meet National Map Accuracy Standards for one-inch-equals-100-feet mapping. This project was completed through a regional consortium and managed by the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (SEWRPC). Major funding for this project included a grant obtained by SEWRPC from the U.S Geological Survey and by Federal transportation planning funds. The northwestern portion of the County was reflown in the spring of 2011 to achieve a countywide product meeting the original project specification.
Completed Date: 2010 Q3
Refly Completed Date: 2011 Q2



Address Finder Mapping Application Lead Department/Division: GIS
The GIS Division maintains a comprehensive address list that is used in a variety of County functions. This application provides a mapping interface showing where these addresses exist. Note: Washington County does not assign addresses. More information on interactive mapping applications maintained by the GIS Division.
Completed Date: 2010 Q4



2009 Preventative Monument Maintenance Program Lead Department/Division: County Surveyor
This project is a continuation of the monument maintenance program initiated in 2006. In phase one all monuments were inspected and a condition report developed that includes the existence and condition of the monument and associated ties and reference benchmarks. In phase two the work required to bring all monuments into compliance with Washington County standards was completed. In 2009 the described work is being completed for T10N R19E (Town of Polk and portions of Village of Jackson and Village of Slinger). If the program continues and one township is inspected each year, it will take 12 years to inspect all monuments in Washington County. The County Surveyor is completing some of the work with the bulk contracted to a qualified surveying/engineering firm.
Completed Date Phase 1: 2009 Q2
Completed Date Phase 2: 2010 Q3



Get Moving Washington County Website Lead Department/Division: Planning and Healthy People Project
A website created by the Planning Division of the Planning and Parks department in partnership with the Healthy People Project of Washington County. The website was developed to mobilize action toward improving physical activity, the health of our community and provide detailed information on all public parks and open spaces throughout Washington County. An interactive mapping component, supported by the GIS Division, is included.
Completed Date: 2010 Q2



Topographic Mapping Lead Department/Division: GIS
In 2007 Washington County completed a project to acquire classified LiDAR data for the entire county and process that data to produce a digital terrain model and contour mapping for roughly half of the county. The 2010 project processed data collected in December 2006 to update contour mapping for approximately 60 3/4 sections. The included areas are those where existing data is the oldest; Town of Erin (previous data from 1995), 10 sections around the Village of Slinger (1997) and a14 3/4 section ring around the City of West Bend (1999). The data resulting from this project can be purchased following standard procedures or viewed on the Washington County Interactive Mapping Application.
Completed Date: 2010 Q2



2008 Preventative Monument Maintenance Program Lead Department/Division: County Surveyor
This project is a continuation of the monument maintenance program initiated in 2006. In phase one all monuments were inspected and a report developed that includes the existence and condition of the monument and associated ties and reference benchmarks. In phase two the work required to bring all monuments into compliance with Washington County standards was completed. In 2008 the described work was completed for T11N R19E (Town of West Bend, South half Town of Barton, and portions of the City of West Bend). If the program continues and one township is inspected each year, it will take 12 years to inspect all monuments in Washington County. The County Surveyor completed some of the work with the bulk contracted to a qualified surveying/engineering firm.
Completed Date Phase 1: 2008 Q2
Completed Date Phase 2: 2010 Q2