Local business publishing land reference tool

February 18, 2013 10:03:39 AM

Carl Smith - csmith@cdispatch.com

 

A comprehensive land information book of Oktibbeha County land parcels will soon be available for the first time in nearly 20 years. 

 

Copies of the Oktibbeha County 2013 Plat Directory, developed and published locally by Spatial Information Systems Inc., go on sale Tuesday at the Greater Starkville Development Partnership for $60 per copy. 

 

GSDP CEO Jennifer Gregory said anyone interested in owning land in the county will find the reference book useful. Developers' growing interest in the city and county, she said, helped spur the need for a comprehensive plat reference. 

 

The last time a land information book of this style was produced was in 1996. 

 

"Having an actual land information book - a physical copy - is extremely useful, not only for us but also business developers and owners," Gregory said. "This work aligns for the first time with the county mapping system." 

 

An updated version will be published in four years, and updates will continue afterward, she said. 

 

Plat maps included in the book are organized and numbered to match official land ownership and tax maps for the county. Those maps should present information including parcel owner names, numbers and acreage measurements. 

 

Oktibbeha County's directory is the first published reference in an ongoing SIS mapping project for other counties across the state, a press release states. 

 

"We wanted to develop mapping products and services that matter to the people of Mississippi and found that among the highest of mapping needs for Mississippi are data and products for land ownership information," SIS President Chuck O'Hara said in a release.

Carl Smith covers Starkville and Oktibbeha County for The Dispatch. Follow him on Twitter @StarkDispatch