Riley County Community GIS Website Help

General Instructions
This is a website for locating and viewing various types of geographic information in Riley County, Kansas. This site uses Geographic Information System (GIS) technology that allows users of all skill levels to easily view, query, and analyze information describing streets, parks, schools, parcels, subdivisions, soils, agricultural use, and aerial photography.

In the center of the site is the Map itself. You can interact with the Map by clicking on it. For example, if you want to zoom in on the Map, simply point and click on it (you can also zoom in by clicking and dragging, thereby precisely controlling the view area).

Left of the Map are various Tool Buttons. Initially, the Zoom In button is selected. There are other such buttons for zooming out, panning the map, and returning to the full extent of Riley County. There are also other buttons for doing things such as identifying features, searching for parcels, searching for addresses, searching for landmarks and printing the map. The current active Tool Button is indicated by a blue arrow. The Tool Buttons are further described below.

Right of the Map is a list of Map Layers. Through the Map Layers list you can control the visibility each layer by checking or unchecking the Visible checkbox. You can also set a layer to be Active by checking the radio button next to it. When a layer is Active you can use the Identify tool to identify specific features from that layer.

Above the Map Layers list is the Refresh Map button. Whenever you change the visibility of one or more layers, you must refresh the map to see the change. Do not use the Refresh button on your browser window tool bar. Doing this will create problems with the mapping service display. Constantly displayed below the Refresh Map tool is the current Active Layer.

Below the Map is an area that is initially blank, but one in which the query or identify results are displayed.


Map Tips
Map Tips can be used to display information about specific features directly on the Map surface. Map Tips are available for the following layers:
  1. Ownership Parcels
    • Owner Name
    • House Number
    • Street Name
  2. Churches
    • Church Name
  3. Public Buildings
    • Building Name
  4. Soils
    • Soil Description

To use Map Tips:

  1. Make one of the aforementioned layers Active.
  2. Check the Map Tip box.
  3. Pass your mouse over a feature and pause.
  4. Attribute data for the feature will appear on the map.

Tool Buttons
Full extent returns you to the initial map showing all of Riley County.
 
Previous extent returns you to the map you were viewing immediately prior to the current one.
 
Zoom in by pointing and clicking or drawing a box on the map. By doing so the map may reveal more information than was previously visible due to the map scale. To use the Zoom In tool simply either click in the map once where you want to zoom in, or click, hold and drag out a square or rectangle. Then a new map will be displayed based on the area you specified.
 
Zoom out by pointing and clicking on the map. By doing so the map may reveal less information than was previously visible due to map scale. To use the Zoom Out tool, simply click in the map once where you want to zoom out from.
 
Pan allows you to move the position of the map view. Do so by clicking and dragging on the map. You can also pan by clicking on the light blue frame box to pan in the direction of the arrows.
 
Identify allows you to identify features in the Active Layer. If you want information from the Active layer, click the Identify tool then click on the feature in the map you want to get information on. Only the information from the currently active layer will be returned.
 
You can select a feature of an active layer by either pointing and clicking once or by clicking and dragging to create a selection box. The feature or features can be cleared or unselected by using the Clear All tool.
 
You can measure distances on the map by clicking two or more points. Click once on the map to start a measurement and then click again to establish a second point. You can continue clicking on additional points to get a total distance or clear each segment by using the Clear All tool. Your measurement results are displayed at the top of the map. See Measuring Units for information on how to change the units in which the measurements can be displayed.
 
As with Measure Distance you can measure an area by clicking three or more points. New points are added after the Red dot. The area measurement is displayed at the top of the map. See Measuring Units for information on how to change the units in which the area can be displayed.
 
Allows you to change the units in which distances and areas are displayed. Distance units can be displayed as feet, miles, meters or kilometers. Area units can be displayed as acres, square feet, square miles, square meters or square kilometers. You must click the Set Units button for the change to take effect.
 
Allows you to work with Latitude/Longitude coordinates. You can get a Lat/Long by clicking on the Map, or you can key in a Lat/Long and display it on the map by clicking Zoom To.
 
You can clear the selection made in a specific layer by clicking the Clear All tool.
 
Allows you to search for parcels based on Parcel ID or Owner Name. If you search by last name {default setting} and get more than one result returned you will need to click on the blue number to the left of the desired full name in order to zoom to the selected property. If you search by parcel id make sure you key in the full 16 digit number.
 
Allows you to search for schools, public buildings, recreational facilities, and by section-township-range. If your search selection results in more than one returned item {i.e.swimming pools} you will need to click the blue number next to a specific item to zoom to that location. When you use this tool the selected search layer is made visible automatically and becomes the acitve layer. It will remain visible until turned off and the Refresh Map button clicked.
 
Locates a point based on an address or street intersection. You must key in a number when not using the cross street option. Remember to click the Locate button when finished. You will need to click the blue number on the left of the returned address to zoom to the map extent with the selected address. It is recommended that you Clear All after each address search. You can display up to two addresses at a time on the map.
 
Allows you find a street based on its name. Key in a street name (name only...not type) and click Execute. Keying in less information typically yields more results from which to select. You can view individual street segments by clicking their associated Rec number. To view all of the listed street segments, scroll to the bottom of the list and click Zoom to these records.
 
Allows you find a subdivsion based on its name. Key in a subdivision name and click Execute. Keying in less information typically yields more results from which to select.
 
Prints the current map. When you use this tool you will have the opportunity to choose between various map layouts, such as 8 1/2 x 11 portrait, 11 x 8 1/2 landscape, etc. You will also be able to enter a title for your printed map. Then a new window displaying your map will appear. You may need to open the Page Setup options to match the print layout you selected. Then you can use the Print option of the browser window to send the map to your printer.
 
Toggles between the Layer List and the Map Legend. The Legend shows you what the features in the map represent. The Layer List allows the user to show what layers are displayed in the map by checking the individual layer on or off and pressing the Refresh Map button to view changes.
 
Use this button to read information about the map layers and view the layer status date. From this page you may link to web sites related to the various layers and learn more about the data. You may link to city and county offices for additional information and questions. You may also get to maps already composed for particular data layers. It is strongly recommended that you view the Layer Information page before using the mapping service. It will help answer many of the questions that you may have.
 
Refreshes the map by requesting a new image from the map server. Whenever you change the visibility of one or more layers, you must refresh the map to see the change. Zooming in or out does not refresh the map. Do not use the Refresh Tool on your browser window tool bar. Doing this will create problems with the mapping service display.