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Vilas County GIS Map Petition

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To the Vilas County Board of Directors:

The Northwoods Association of REALTORS® is a non-profit membership organization that is comprised of over 400 REALTORS, appraisers, title examiners, home inspectors and other real estate professionals in the Northwoods region.  We are petitioning the Vilas County Board today to request that the online GIS land map in use prior to the recent change be restored to production status, and we ask that the county continue to use and maintain it into the future. 

It has recently been brought
to our attention that the Vilas County GIS land mapping software has been migrated to a new system with no consultation with the many real estate professionals in the Vilas County area who depend upon the online maps for the conduct of their businesses.  Furthermore, this change was implemented without first ensuring that all information available in the old system was presented in its entirety in the new system with the same level of detail offered previously. 


Our board of directors met on September 20th and approved a motion to petition the Vilas County board to retain the "legacy" map that was previously in use and that proved very useful to our members.  The new mapping system has been found to be missing key information, and some of the information that was changed does not provide the same level of detail as the previous map.  This is already causing delays in property sales, and we strongly recommend that Vilas County reconsider whether it is in its own best interests to delay and to potentially void real estate transactions in the present economic climate.  REALTORS and other industry professionals already face many challenges in bringing a sale to closing due to pressing timeframes imposed by banks and federal agencies; to add another hurdle will only make the challenge of restoring the fragile housing market in this area more difficult. 

An email was recently sent to the Vilas County board by Kim Schaffer of Northwoods Title & Closing Services, LLC that notes some of the problems with the new mapping system, and we greatly appreciate her efforts and concur with the issues she noted in her correspondence.  To view Kim's email message, please click here:  

We ask at this time that the Vilas Board please reverse its decision to switch from the AutoCad legacy map to a new map program, and that it reinstate and continue to use and update the AutoCad map.  This map served real estate professionals very well and was largely considered "the best" online mapping system in our 5-county area.  In other words, please do not fix something that was not broken. 

Should you wish to contact us for more information, you may reach our Association Executive Matt Seegert at 715-356-3400 or by email at

Yours Truly,

Mark Wagner, President
Northwoods Association of REALTORS®

cc:   Steve Favorite, County Board / Land Committee Chairperson
       Christopher Mayer, County Board Vice-Chairperson
       Edward Bluthardt, Land Committee Member
       Fred Radtke, Land Committee Member
       David Alleman, County Clerk
       Barb Gibson, GIS Coordinator


Northwoods Association of REALTORS®


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