Joint Supplemental Budget Request for the

Cadastral Framework Project




Many organizations need and use the same basic geographic information system (GIS) data. Until recently, most existing GIS data sets have been developed independently. This has resulted in a tremendous duplication of effort and data that is often incompatible for cross-jurisdictional or cross-organizations analysis. In an effort to remedy this situation, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has helped lead efforts to develop GIS Framework data for the State of Washington. Framework data includes the core GIS data needed by all levels of government and private industry, and it is developed and maintained through long term partnerships. Framework development has occurred by data theme. The cadastral theme (survey and property ownership information) has been the first to undergo development since it is a "backbone" layer that other themes must tie to.

Cadastral Framework Development Work Completed

Over the last two years, the DNR has sought and received two federal grants and some additional partner contributions to begin development work for a Washington State Cadastral Framework. In coordination with participating partners, a Cadastral Framework data model has been developed based on national standards. The model has been populated with initial Framework data from the DNR, and a means to integrate additional partner data to the Framework has been developed through a pilot project within Snohomish County.

Next Steps - Summary of Supplemental Request

A joint supplemental budget request has been developed involving six state agencies and two counties working in partnership to accelerate the development of a statewide Cadastral Framework implementation. The Interagency Committee for Outdoor Recreation (IAC) has helped coordinate and submit the request in connection with its work on the Public Lands Inventory Project. The focus of the work will be to assist the large landholding state agencies in developing a cadastral GIS, procedures, and initial data within two pilot counties (Grant County and Spokane County). This work will facilitate continued maintenance and exchange of cadastral information to the Framework. The participating state agencies include: the Department of Transportation, the Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the State Parks and Recreation Commission. The Department of Community, Trade, and Economic Development will also be participating by integrating appropriate growth management data to the Cadastral Framework. The DNR's role in this request is to continue fulfilling the roles of Cadastral Framework integrator, technical assistance provider, and lead coordinator for developing a long term strategy/plan for a statewide Cadastral Framework implementation.

Future of the Cadastral Framework

It is likely that a 2001-2003 biennium budget/legislative request will be developed in order to support implementation of the long term strategy/plan for a statewide Cadastral Framework.