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In October 1993, the City of Baton Rouge and Parish of East Baton Rouge initiated a Geographic Information System (GIS) Program. This initiative fulfilled an objective of the City-Parish comprehensive plan known as the Horizon Plan. Several action items called for a Parishwide GIS to provide the public with property information, and to serve as a tool for officials to make informed decisions regarding land development.

Over the course of the next decade, the City-Parish partnered with the US Army Corps of Engineers to develop the foundation for the Parishwide GIS Program. In January, 2004 the Internet Property Finder was published and fulfilled a part of the e-government goal. The online property search tool was one of the first, if not the first such Web application of its kind in the State of Louisiana. It was recognized by community leaders and organizations such as the American Planning Association and American Society of Landscape Architects. For many years, the application provided the public with tools to locate property by searching for address, subdivision name, business name, lot identification number, North America Industrial Classification System (NAICS) code, street name, or street intersection.

On July 5, 2012 the City-Parish Planning Commission, with support from the Information Services Department, released eBRmap to the public. eBRmap is an update to the Internet Property Finder and builds on the successes of the former Web application. Many of the enhancements pertain to the map display. A wealth of geospatial information that is stored in the enterprise data warehouse is available for viewing. This includes datasets such as zoning, stream segment, watershed, city limit, voting precinct, Census tract, bike path, bus stop, and major street plan.

By default, the base map legend will automatically load, and users have the ability to switch legends by selecting the desired map theme from the legend drop-down list. Users can toggle (turn on and off) legend entries, thus defining the map display based on their preferences. Several feature classes, such as future and existing land uses, may be viewed as thematic legend entries. Also, the print module has been designed to capture the exact contents of the map display, and print all associated legend information on a letter size page.

In an effort to provide the most accurate and current information, the Web site is refreshed weekly. Additionally, the redesigned mapping application incorporates the Historic Land Development (HLD) information, thereby creating a single location to view all City-Parish geospatial data.

Please be advised that the Adobe Flash  Player plug-in is necessary to run the mapping interface. Also, as this is the first release of eBRmap, the City-Parish recognizes that there is the potential for technical issues to arise. Feel free to notify the Planning Commission of any problems that occur when using the Web application. A user guide is available by clicking the "Help" links on the Web page. The guide may answer many technical questions and will assist with navigating the new Web site.

The City-Parish provides this information in good faith with no warranty and does not accept any liability arising from incorrect, incomplete or misleading information or improper use. This information presented by the City-Parish is intended to serve only as a reference for researching property; and takes no legal responsibility for its accuracy. The users of the online GIS Web application are advised not to rely solely on the information reflected on the maps.

Users are encouraged to submit their comments to the Planning Commission GIS Division by sending an Email to gis@brgov.com. Also, detailed information or data may be requested by submitting a GIS Data Request. Click here to download the A-18 form from the Planning Commission Web site. Applicants will have the option to submit the form online using the land development application portal. Otherwise, the form can be submitted in person, mailed, faxed, or sent by Email.

The Geographic Information System (GIS) Web site is an essential component of the public information program required by the City-Parish comprehensive plan FUTUREBR. For more information, questions or comments, please contact the Planning Commission at (225) 389-3144 or send an Email to planning@brgov.com.