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    The National Land Agency Team ( from left) Business Services Manager, Olecia Powell; Acting Director of Information and Communications Technology, Ian-Keith Goldson; Acting Senior Director of Business Services, Nicole Hayles; and Information Services Manager, Kenroy Scarlett.
    Photo: Anthony Cha

    Story Highlights

    • The National Land Agency (NLA) has significantly improved its eLandjamaica web portal, which enables more seamless public access to property information.
    • Acting Director of Information and Communications Technology at the NLA, Ian-Keith Goldson, tells JIS News that the platform now allows individuals to conduct more comprehensive searches.
    • “eLandjamaica will allow you to spatially zoom right down to a property, select it and it will give you information as it relates to the volume and folio, valuation number, the address, the size of the property and the opportunity to buy a copy of the Title, which will tell you who the owners are,” he informs, adding that the facility also enables searches via coordinates.

    The National Land Agency (NLA) has significantly improved its eLandjamaica web portal, which enables more seamless public access to property information.

    Acting Director of Information and Communications Technology at the NLA, Ian-Keith Goldson, tells JIS News that the platform now allows individuals to conduct more comprehensive searches.

    “eLandjamaica will allow you to spatially zoom right down to a property, select it and it will give you information as it relates to the volume and folio, valuation number, the address, the size of the property and the opportunity to buy a copy of the Title, which will tell you who the owners are,” he informs, adding that the facility also enables searches via coordinates.

    The platform also facilitates an extended buffer search for locating neighbouring parcels; drawing and measurement tools to determine distance and area on the free integrated map; and a feedback mechanism for customers.

    The NLA’s Business Services Manager, Olecia Powell, explains that, previously, the application (app) could only be accessed on a computer; however, persons can now use their cell phones, a tablet or any other mobile device.

    “In addition, there is a ‘find my location’ widget… so if you are standing at a particular property and you want to purchase the Title for that property, on eLandjamaica, you can use that widget, get the information from there and make the purchase,” she indicates.

    For added convenience, documents purchased can be accessed within a matter of minutes through a link sent via email and also to individuals’ accounts on the platform.

    Information Services Manager, Kenroy Scarlett, points out, however, that documents will expire after seven days as the information on the Title may change over that period of time; so after seven days, the link will disappear from your dashboard.

    “We encourage persons to, if it is that you need a copy, download and save it to your device,” he adds.

    Mr. Scarlett explains that the base maps used by eLandjamaica are updated by the Esri mapping software through data captured in its frequent “flyovers” of the country noting, however, that the land component, administered by the NLA, is updated every two weeks.

    This allows for new developments and other land changes to be reflected on eLandjamaica within a short period of time.

    The National Land Agency launched a new version of eLandjamaica on its website last October and integrated the functions of iMapjamaica into the new platform.

    As such, the utilisation of iMapjamaica will cease come October 1 and customers will use the free integrated map in eLandjamaica.

    The agency has also created and mounted on the platform, tutorials on parcel searches, online payments and top-ups, and how to register a credit card for payment.

    There is also a live web chat and email, customercare.elandjamaica@nla.gov.jm, for queries and further assistance.

    “We encourage everyone to utilise the service. It is for everyone in Jamaica and in our diaspora everywhere. We have provided this particular service, and I think it is a very good service,” Mr. Goldson says.

    He advises that persons can access it “from your bedroom, from your office, wherever, if you are even on the beach and you have Internet service, it allows you… to go and identify a parcel, a property and gives you [the] relevant information”.