County debuts online maps
New portal will make it easier for those researching properties within Luzerne County.
WILKES-BARRE — A new online portal will make it easier to find information about properties in Luzerne County, according to county officials.
The county Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Mapping Department recently launched the portal, which can be accessed at the department’s page at the county website.
The portal shows all of the more than 160,000 properties in the county, including boundaries, said Daniel Reese, the county Gis/mapping director.
Property information can be accessed by address, owner’s name or parcel identification number, or PIN, Reese said. Use of the PIN can prove useful in cases in which the mailing address and physical address of a property are not consistent, he said.
It took three years of planning, testing and consulting with an outside contractor before the portal was ready to go live last week, Reese said Monday.
“We had to look at different aspects before we could implement it,” he said. “We did a soft release within the past couple of weeks, just to see if the server could handle it.”
The portal will provide information that previously required a trip to the county courthouse to obtain, according to Reese.
“It’s going to save people a lot of time,” he said.
That is especially true for people who are interested in buying or researching properties in the county, but who live far away, Reese said.
The aerial photography used in the portal was taken in 2016, he said.
Most other counties in Pennsylvania offer some form of online access to property and tax parcel information, according to Reese.
Luzerne County officials had long planned to include that information on the county website, but wanted to make sure it was done properly, he said.
County Gis/mapping employees did much of the work to prepare the portal, and the county hired Spacial Systems Associates, a Marylandbased firm, to provide expertise in web-mapping, Reese said. The county also had to buy a new server, he said.
The portal is part on an ongoing capital plan project, budgeted at $46,000, Reese said.
The portal that launched this month is free and can be accessed anywhere an internet connection is available.
The county also plans to launch a separate “enhanced” portal that will require payment to access, Reese said.
He encouraged anyone who has questions about the portal to call the county GIS/ Mapping office, at 570-8251550.
To access the portal, go to: https://gis.luzernecounty.org/portal/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=66dd b7b1902e4178a27ee71fd9f6a342.