Map Wizard


The Fairfax County Map Wizard is an interactive mapping application for creating and printing maps in the style of the official property, zoning, and other map books, but with custom extents and scales. Scroll down for detailed instructions on using the application.

  Click to launch the map in full-page mode.

Create a custom map of any location in Fairfax County following these steps:

1) Search for an address in Fairfax County and zoom to the location.

    • In the Search window (Figure 1), type a Fairfax County street address.
    • Click the magnifying glass to zoom to the location.

 

 2) Explore the map options:

    • Adjust the scale using the Zoom In and Out tools (Figure 1,below).
    • Click and drag on the map to pan.
    • Use the Measure tools to explore the map and the Draw tools to add graphics and labels to the map (Figure 2).
    • When zoomed in close enough to see parcel lines, clicking on the map will select (highlight, in blue) a parcel (Figure 3).
    • Parcel selection, and any user-added graphics, will appear on the printed map.

 

3) Create a print-ready map.

 

4) View, print and/or save the map.

    • Once generated, the map will be added to the list (Figure 6).
    • Click the map name to launch it in a new window.
    • Maps created as PDFs can be saved locally and/or printed using the Adobe Reader tools.
    • For detailed map legends, visit the Digital Map Viewer application, and choose the "Legend" tab on the lower left.

 

Figure 1. The Search, Print and page navigation widgets are in the upper left of the map   Figure 2. The Draw, Measure, Info and Basemap widgets are in the upper right of the map.

 

Figure 3. Clicking on the map when parcel lines are visible will select (highlight) a parcel and display the Parcel ID Number (PIN) in a pop-up window. In addition, the Draw tools can be used to add text or other mark-up (points, lines, polygons) that will display on the printed map. (Note: the Measure tools will not produce graphics visible on the printed map.)

Hint: to indicate distances on the printed map, utilize the Line tool (in the Draw window) with the "Show Measurements" box checked.

 

Figure 4. In the Print window, select the desired Layout. The default option is Property. Most of the other options (except Orthoimagery) use the Property map as a base.

 

 

Figure 5. Adjust the Map Title and, optionally, the settings in the Advanced menu. Click the Print button to generate a map with the chosen options.

 

 

Figure 6. Map generation may take several minutes. Each map created will appear on the list. Click the map name to view it.

 

Figure 7. The print-ready map maintains location, parcel selection, and any user-added graphics. The layers, however, are determined by the chosen print layout. Map elements include: a county-wide inset map (with area of interest outlined in red), date, county seal, north arrow and legal disclaimer.
PDF maps may be saved and/or printed using the Adobe Reader tools.

 


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