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National Land Parcel Data: A Vision for the Future
II. STATE’S ROLE
State Offices of Land Information: “We recommend that each state authorize an Office of Land Information Systems, through legislation where necessary, to implement the multipurpose cadastre” (pp. 3, 78).
The report recommended (pp. 91-92)
that the Office of Land Information Systems established by each state … be responsible for
Promoting effective, efficient, and compatible land-information systems among governmental levels, in cooperation with the federal government to ensure compatibility on a national basis;
Setting standards for state, regional, and local government surveying, mapping, and land-data-collection efforts making use of federal technical studies;
Providing guidance to those local offices with major responsibilities for land information, namely, recorders, assessors, surveyors, engineers, and planners;
Serving as the focal point and clearinghouse for state and federal agencies collecting or mapping land information, taking responsibility for the quality of the information that is forwarded;
Enlisting the resources of other state agencies having important contributions to make to the development of the cadastral system, especially those responsible for land assembly, construction, management of public lands, and efficiency of state administrative services; and
Recording and transmitting land-related documents and information filed by out-of-state groups such as private, federal, and alien organizations.
State Legislation: “We recommend that states enact legislation to ensure the compatibility of county and local records with the multipurpose cadastre” (p. 92).
III. LOCAL GOVERNMENT ROLE
County Offices of Land Information: “We recommend that each county government (or municipality where appropriate) create an Office of Land Information Systems in coordination with such offices as the recorder of deeds, county surveyor, assessor, planner, and county abstractor, if any” (p. 4).
The functions of the new office would include the following (p. 93):
Standardization of procedures among all the responsible county and municipal agencies to assure efficient acquisition, storage, maintenance, and retrieval of land information and records within the county;
Supervising, or at least monitoring, the production and maintenance of a system of county base maps and cadastral overlays that meet state standards for the multipurpose cadastre …; and
Creation and maintenance of the land-parcel register …, including the recording of land information or restrictions emanating from municipalities or special-purpose districts within the county, the filing of which by those other offices would be mandatory, by state legislation.