The Village of Mundelein, IL recently added a Property Search function to the main page of their community website that allows residents to type in an address and get directed to a property information application called Community Portal. Community Portal makes looking up property information quick and easy. When an address is entered into the Property Search window, Community Portal launches and redirects to that property’s "Property Summary" page, which contains information regarding zoning, voting precinct information, and much more. In addition to "Property Summary", there are other tabs that can be added to the Community Portal interface, which is completely customizable based on the community’s needs. What makes Community Portal so different from traditional, map-based address search applications is that, while the information returned for a property is being served up from a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) database, it’s being displayed in a text based environment without the necessity of a map. While the option exists within Community Portal to display a property on a map, often times it’s the information associated with an address that is most important to whoever is initiating the search. Simplifying how this information is displayed, and the ease of use of the search function, is what makes Community Portal so beneficial to Mundelein.
As Mundelein begins to understand what information the public is looking for, Community Portal will continue to develop and grow. As stated earlier, it is completely customizable based on the community’s needs, which is how the village will continue to move forward with its goal of being more transparent with the information that it provides to the public. There is more to come with Community Portal in Mundelein, so stay tuned!