“A statewide standardized parcel dataset is an
incredibly valuable resource for a wide range of applications. North Carolina was
an early national leader in land records automation, and completion of this parcel
project puts the state back among the top five states for standardized, accessible
-- Nancy von Meyer, national expert
on cadastral data and standards
The State of
North Carolina developed an online tool for integrating parcel boundaries from county
sources. The NC Parcels Transformer translates parcel data from
all 100 counties and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians into a data set with standard
data fields for display and analysis across county boundaries. The grant project,
funded by the US Environmental Protection Agency, created an efficient platform
that has been expanded to a statewide parcel data resource. Results are accessible
through the EPA Exchange Network. Data are also available through the NC OneMap Geospatial Portal as web services and downloadable geographic data.
The statewide resource informs
decisions in economic development, emergency management, transportation planning,
land development, utility management, public health, and forestry to name a few
applications. For example:
- Next Generation 911 will require accurate data about location,
including parcels and site addresses, integrated across jurisdictional boundaries,
to match with emergency service areas.
- Businesses are benefiting from the collection of parcels across county boundaries.
For example, Duke Energy uses parcels to determine land ownership when creating
and maintaining utility rights-of-way and when engineering new power lines.
- Current parcel data for coastal counties are now available from
NC OneMap in the event of a hurricane that interrupts county data operations.
US Census Bureau is applying NC parcel boundaries to improve Census boundaries and
using parcel site addresses to support a complete count of NC residents.