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Resolution 27-00F

Placement of Metes and Bounds on Provincial Base Map

January 1, 2000
Expiry Date:
December 1, 2003
Active Status:
Vote Results:
Carried as amended

WHEREAS municipalities are involved in the implementation of GIS (geographic information systems);AND WHEREAS most municipalities are purchasing or have purchased their base map from Spatial Data Warehouse/Altalis;AND WHEREAS there are several thousand unsurveyed subdivisions described in metes and bounds for which there are not registered plans;AND WHEREAS these subdivisions described by metes and bounds are not plotted on the provincial base map;AND WHEREAS there is a need for subdivisions described by metes and bounds to beplotted on the provincial base map.

Operative Clause:

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties request the Department of Municipal Affairs to put in place the required funding (approximately $4.5 million) to facilitate the placement of subdivisions described by metes and bounds on the provincial base map and reformatting the entire provincial cadastral fabric into a GIS ready format.

Member Background:

It has come to the attention of the Municipal District of Willow Creek No. 26 during the course of the implementation of GIS programming, that there are literally thousands of parcels described by metes and bounds throughout the province.Within each municipality hundreds of these titles exist whereby a survey was not required and descriptions are done in rods, chains, feet, etc.The provincial base map has all surveyed parcels in place but the metes and bounds have not yet been plotted. For each municipality to undertake the task of plotting metes and bounds, the project would not only be time consuming and very expensive, but would also be subject to error and inconsistent interpretation of the descriptions.The Municipal District of Willow Creek feels that the province should fund the plotting of these parcels as they form part of the overall provincial base map, and further they feel that the project should be carried out by one company or government department to ensure continuity, accuracy and convertibility to individual GIS software programs.

Provincial Ministries:
Municipal Affairs
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