To find out about a property, use the [Development Tracker](http://gisweb2.durhamnc.gov/durhammaps/developmenttracker/index.html), which is at this link: http://gisweb2.durhamnc.gov/durhammaps/developmenttracker/index.html. The Development Tracker is a mapping application that shows ongoing development projects in Durham. It is also an excellent tool for property research.
Once the Development Tracker opens, in the search bar on upper left side of the application, type the street number and name (do not put in "street", "drive", "road", etc) and hit the search button. This should zoom the map into the property at that address.
By the address search bar, there is a box that says "Parcels" and next to it is a blue dot. Click on the blue dot and then click on the property in which you are interested. An information bubble will appear. You will want to write down the six digit parcel id at the top of the bubble as well as the plat book and page listed almost at the bottom of the bubble.
For more information, like zoning, development tiers, and whether or not the property is in any overlay districts, click on the icon at the top of the application that is the letter "i" in a blue circle. It will say Planning Identify if you hover over it. Once you click on it, a window should open that says Planning Identify at the top. It will say "Select layers to identify:". It automatically defaults to identifying "All Layers". Click on the blue dot in the square next to words "Parcel Select Tool ->". A white halo will appear around the square and this is how you will know that the Parcel Select tool is active.
Once the tool is active, click on the parcel in which you are interested. The Identify Results will appear in the Planning Identify window. The results will show the ownership information, zoning, future land use, development tier, and a number of overlay districts such as whether or not the property is in a watershed protection overlay district. It also lists all of the layers that are not found on the property at the bottom of the window. You will most likely will have to scroll down using the scroll bar on the right hand side of the the Planning Identify window to see this information. The results can be exported to a rich text format (which can be opened by any word processing program) and saved to your computer by clicking on the Export Results button at the top of the results window.
To further understand the results that you receive, please click on the related article on Zoning listed below.
Please note that the parcel lines shown in the development tracker are only an approximation of the actual property lines. The most definitive way to determine the exact location of property lines is to have a land survey conducted.