FREDERICKSBURG AREA MAPPING RESOURCES...
Few resources are as fun, informative and tremendously helpful as are the visual aides we commonly refer to as maps. The reach of the internet has placed these electronic wonders at our fingertips to provide visual representations of information that is important to anyone researching real estate, home buying, land development, farming or ranching. While there area plethora of maps that visually depict just about anything you'd want to know about, these are a few of my favorites that pertain to real estate in the Fredericksburg, TX area:
The City of Fredericksburg -- The city provides some of the best mapping resources specific to our community. Particularly useful are the various layers available to show the approximate location of things such as water and sewer lines. lot lines and zoning districts.
The State of Texas -- The state provides an enormous array of maps via various agency websites. My favorites include the site illustrating the various minor aquifers that supply the majority of the drinking water for our area, the site that shows average rainfall expectations for those planning the installation rainwater collection systems, a site showing "wind resources" to assess the potential for small wind generation systems and a similar site assessing the potential for solar power generation.
As you might expect, the Feds are awash in maps. Probably the most useful for local real estate, development, farming and ranching purposes is the Web Soil Survey site of the USDA. Be advised that this site can be a bit intimidating and it does not support Mac browsers (OSX, Safari, etc.). If you carefully follow the instructions, it can be a pretty cool toll to mess around with...
The usual suspects such as Google Maps and Google Earth (Free Version-download required) are great providers of directions, street views, satellite views and local business information.
New to my list of "cool maps" is an interactive aerial map showing the proposed routing of LCRA transmission lines needed to take newly generated wind energy from the massive farms in west Texas to major population centers. Opponents rightly point out that these massive towers will permanently scar our landscape for the benefit of those who don't live in our beautiful corner of the world. Such is the price of "progress".