Category: Local Government
In a previous post, we talked about how to perform a vacation of an ally or right-of-way parcel using the parcel fabric data model in conjunction with the Local Government Data Model and the Tax Parcel Editing Template from the resource center. For this post we are going to talk about the same process, but without recreating the original lots. As with the previous post, we will be working through an example provided by the City and County of Denver. For this example, the lots currently in the database do not match the legal description (the lots should all be 125 X 25), which is a common occurrence in most databases.
Performing the Vacation without re-creating the original lots
Using the existing lots is the easiest and most straightforward way to go, but not the best-practice. You could think of this as the quick-and-dirty way to get the tax parcels added and move on with your day.
1. Begin by creating a connection line for the gap between the two disconnected groups. Use the tool on the Parcel Editor toolbar. This ensures that a construct from parent process will work, since it requires the group to be connected.
2. Use the parcels on the northernmost part of this group, across the gap (alley). Note the 29’ distance and 87 degree bearing. The distance measurement should be 30’, with a bearing closer to 90 degrees. Since we are going with the current set of lots, though, we will simply hit the Apply button to use these numbers.
3. Select just the Tax Parcels that you need to extend to the center of the ROW (Alley) being vacated, right click and select the Construct from parent option.
4.Select the Segmented Line Tool at the top of the Parcel Details window.
Create a two part segmented line over the top of the connection line that you created. Take note that the lines as inversed are 14.515ft, not 15. This is due to the lots/parcels not being repaired prior to the edit.
Note: Be careful, there are two points very close together 81 & 121 in this data.
5. Same for the southern edge, connecting the midpoints together with another boundary line, to form a centerline running down the middle of the alley/ROW.
6. Next step is to create lines across the construction lines used to re-create the ROW (Alley) and the centerline.
a. Start at point 116 as shown here and then place the cursor in the Bearing field
b. We want to extend the parcel line along the same bearing, so move the cursor to snap to the tax parcel line that you want to pick up, hold SHIFT and then click to pick up the bearing (this will populate that value in Bearing field).
c. Purposely type in something longer than 14.5 (1/2 way point or ROW width)
d. Use the Planarize command to break the line at the centerline. Select the overlapping piece in the grid, right click and choose the Delete Rows option to remove it.
7. Continue this process until all the remaining tax parcels have been extended to the ROW (Alley) center and then merge the smaller pieces to you existing tax parcels to get you final output. In this example, there are no historic ROW parcels created, since they were not there to begin with.
Content provided by Larry and Chris (Parcel Editing Team)
The parcel fabric data model lends itself to many improved workflows for managing your parcels, particularly when it is used in conjunction with the Local Government Data Model and Tax Parcel Editing Template for ArcGIS 10, which you can download from the resource center. Some of these improved workflows are hard to detail in the help, though, so we’re hoping some blogs will help out. One of these workflows comes from the City and County of Denver and centers on how you perform a vacation of an alley or right-of-way parcel. The City and County are using the Local Government Data Model, which provides the ability for managing not only parcels, but also Lots and Subdivisions.
There are a few things to consider before performing an
alley vacation or creating any new parcel(s).
1. Does the alley exist in the lot layer?
If the alley exists, the first step
before doing any work would be to make sure the original lot (alley) is marked appropriately
in the historic layer (marked as Vacation).
2. How accurate are the measurements on the
adjacent block edges/lots?
In the data that was used for this
example, the lots should be 125 feet by 25 feet, but a look in the parcel
description shows the measurements are off for some of the lots.
The best practice in this case is to
re-enter the original blocks by cogo-ing the outer boundary of the block from
recording, and then using the Parcel Division tool or Construction to recreate
the lots. Once completed, these blocks can be joined to the Fabric using
control points or even orthophotography.
Of course, the tax parcels would also have to either recreated from the
lots or re-joined to fit the newly constructed lots.
The first workflow listed below can be used
for this task. In a later post, will
talk about how to complete this process without recreating the lots.
Recreating Blocks and Lots from Records (original city subs)
1. Mark original lots historic or delete them all
together from the Fabric. In this example,
I’ve left this step until the end so that I can use the lots as reference to
name the new ones
2. COGO entire block boundary from record. For this example, all of the lots are 125 X
a. Create a new Plan, and give it an appropriate
b. Create a new construction inside that plan, set
the parcel template to “lots”
c. COGO the outer boundary like this:
Please note that the alley was divided two pieces. More on that later. Also note that the original lots are displayed in the background.
d. Delete the 575’ measurement
e. Select the Segmented Line Tool from the top of the Parcel Details window:
To start, make sure you cursor is in the FROM cell of the next available row and click in the grid to replace the NW corner, type “23” to get 23 equal segments or right click.
f. Click the SW corner, and do the same thing for all the other edges.
g. Digitize in the connect lot lines, create a connection line for the center of the Alley.
3. Build and Join. For this example, the parcels are turned off and we joined directly to photography as control. Later on, the data can be re-adjusted to proper control if desired.
a. Then create any join links between the existing Parcels and the new lots…make sure to have points turned on for this!
b. Hit OK, and the data will now look like this:
4. This will make the ROW (Alley) Vacation easier since you now have the centerline of the ROW (Alley) to use to expand the tax parcels.
a. With the Tax Parcels and just the ROW (Alley) in question selected, we can use the Construct From Parent option to do the rest of the line work.
b. We can digitize over the connection lines, creating new lines that extend the current tax parcels. The Planarize command can be used to get rid of any excess. We then build to create polygons and merge the smaller vacation leftovers to the current tax parcels, carrying their attributes over to the newly expanded parcel.
c. Finally, mark ROW (Alley) Vacated (Historic).
Content from Larry and Chris (Parcel Editing Team)
Recently, we added the Campus Editing and Campus
Basemap templates to the ArcGIS
for Local Government Gallery and a new ArcGIS for Facilities Group on
These Campus maps can be used to capture interior and/or
exterior assets on a university or business campus. They can also be used by government agencies
to capture these same assets in a downtown, or on a government complex or
military base. These interior and
exterior assets are the foundation for a variety of desktop, mobile and web
mapping applications deployed to support facilities management, education,
public works, planning, and military business needs.
The Campus Editing template is an ArcMap editing map,
editor extension, and set of editing workflows for managing building, interior
space and related exterior campus data. It is an editor that can be
used by mapping technicians in a college university, private corporation, or
public works agency to streamline the collection, maintenance and use of asset
The Campus Basemap template is an ArcGIS Map
Document that can be used to create a high-resolution, multi-scale (~1:9k to
1:141) basemap for a university, or business campus. As we mentioned earlier, this basemap can also be used
by government agencies to produce a high-resolution basemap for a downtown,
government complex, or military base.
Stay tuned for future maps and apps that will leverage this
The first application we’ll release is called the Campus
Place Finder. This application will work in concert with the basemap and
editing templates. Leveraging the new building interior features
incorporated in thee Local Government Information Model FacilitiesStreets
feature dataset, users will be able to search by occupant name or interior
space (e.g., office number) to locate people or places of interest within
When you’re ready to start using the Campus
Editing map with your data, start by downloading the Local Government
Information Model schema-only layer package. It can be used to create the empty
geodatabase you’ll need to migrate your facilities data and publish these
We wanted to take a minute to thank everyone who attended our sessions at the UC last week. The feedback we got was outstanding and we look forward to working with you in the near future.
If you couldn’t make the UC Tech Workshops, we’ll try to get the video for the ArcGIS for Local Government: An Introduction Tech Workshop published on the Resource Center later this summer. In the meantime, the presentation is attached to this blog post for reference.
We’re excited to incorporate what we learned at the conference in to our plans and we’d also like to take this opportunity to share with you our plans for the next 60 days (rest of the summer here in Michigan…).
New Maps and Apps:
We will be adding a series of maps and apps to the ArcGIS for Local Government offering. They include:
Maps and Apps Gallery: A web application that provides citizens a single gallery of maps and apps you’ve published for your organization. It also allows external developers who are leveraging your authoritative data to submit their apps for inclusion in your gallery.
Address Editing Map: An editing map that helps planning, public safety, and land records organizations in local government maintain road centerlines w/ address ranges, site addresses, and related postal addresses.
Service Request for HTML 5: A HTML 5 application that allows citizens to submit non-emergency requests for service from a mobile phone, desktop computer or tablet device.
Community Planning: A web application that allows citizens to propose community master plan design alternatives.
Park Finder: A web application that allows citizens to find a park nearby, or list of parks that Offer recreation activities you’re interested in.
Sign Inspection: A universal iOS application that allows public works and DOT field staff to collect new street signs and conduct inspections on existing signs.
Campus Editing Map: An editing map that helps facility managers maintain interior spaces and exterior assets found on building grounds or a campus.
Campus Basemap: A multi-scale basemap for facility managers that can be used as a backdrop for facility applications and to enhance content found in your local government basemaps.
Campus Room Finder: A web application that allows users to find an office, conference room, or other interior space in a building or among many buildings on a campus.
Easier to Deploy:
In addition to adding a new set of maps and apps, we will be taking several steps to make it easier for you to deploy ArcGIS for Local Government in your organization. In doing so, look for:
Quarterly Releases: A consistent quarterly release schedule that includes new maps and apps, updates to existing maps and apps, and any bug fixes reported by users. Our first quarterly release will be in October 2011.
On-premise Offering: A single ArcGIS for Local Government download that is simple to install and configure. This single download will replace the individual downloads on the Resource Center today. It will also allow you to identify one or more ArcGIS for Local Government modules you’d like to deploy in your organization; and install the individual applications contained within each module.
Online Help: An ArcGIS for Local Government online help system for users and partners deploying the system.
Esri is committed to developing a community of partners who are actively engaged in selling and delivering ArcGIS for Local Government. It is through collaboration with its partner community that Esri best meets the needs of local government customers.
In order to make this collaboration with Partners repeatable and successful, Esri has created the ArcGIS for Local Government Specialty designation within the Esri Partner Network. It is designed for Partners who are focused on the local government marketplace and who want to work more closely with Esri.
Several Esri Partners approached the ArcGIS for Local Government team at the UC and are ready to add their applications to growing ecosystem. We will be working with these partners to ensure the applications can be deployed with the Local Government Information Model and simply by users. We look forward to highlighting the good work these partners are doing in local government.
Thanks again for the tremendous feedback at the UC. We were delighted that many of you took the time to attend the sessions we had. As always, feel free to contact us with any specific feedback or questions you may have.
New release of Local Government Information Model supports upcoming Address and Facilities Maps and Apps
ArcGIS for Local Government provides a simple, harmonized local government information model that supports a series of maps and apps used by local governments. The information model reflects specific application requirements and the cartographic requirements necessary to produce rich, multi-scale base maps and operational layers. You can download the information model from ArcGIS.com and migrate your content into this geodatabase design. When you do, you can quickly take advantage of the maps and apps published on the ArcGIS for Local Government Resource Center.
The Local Government Information Model in ArcCatalog
This release of the local government information model includes a series of major updates.
The Address feature dataset was updated to support the active management of site addresses. The SiteAddress feature class was retired and three new feature classes were added to the local government information model. This update supports a series of Address Editing apps currently under development. The new feature classes and a PostalAddress table in the local government information model are a physical implementation of the FGDC United States Thoroughfare, Landmark, and Postal Address Data Standard and were adapted to support site address maintenance in local government.
The FacilitiesStreets feature dataset was updated to support the active management of facilities and campuses.This update supports a series of Facility/Campus management apps currently under development. For many who have already begun to use the features in this dataset, you’ll find we’ve done some pretty extensive work on the data model for features like, signs, streetlights, and signals. In addition, we’ve incorporated portions of the Building Interior Space Data Model (BISDM) to support building/interior space management and extended it to support exterior features found on government grounds, parks, and even campuses. Much of this work will also support Public Works apps that require information about paved areas, pavement markings, poles, signs, signals, etc.
This update to the information model also supports a new campus basemap we will release later this summer. When you begin to use this information model, you will be able to produce a great basemap for your government facilities, downtowns, and campuses.
The new campus basemap with sample data from the Esri Campus
This release of the local government information model also includes a series of more minor updates.
The Parcel Fabric, contained in the ParcelEditing feature dataset now supports the active management of PLSS Sixteenth Sections. A new parcel type was added to the ParcelType domain to accommodate this requirement.
The ParkRecInfo table was added to the local government information model to support the Parks and Recreation Finder application currently under development.
The ServiceRequest feature class in the CitizenService feature dataset now supports the creation of service requests within buildings. The building floor and interior space attributes were added to the feature class to support Facilities Management applications currently under development.
There are a few known issues we’re working to resolve in future releases.
Your imagery and surface models must be added to this schema manually.
Layer Packages (LPKs) do not currently support standalone tables in the geodatabase. After you’ve created your schema, please copy the ten stand alone geodatabase tables from the sample dataset in a recent application download. Refer to the Data Dictionary for a complete list of the standalone tables you’ll need to complete the Local Government Information Model.
If you are using ArcGIS Desktop SP1, the ParcelType domain will have to be applied to the Type field in the Parcel fabric class manually after you create your schema.
We continue to evolve the local government information model as we add new maps and apps to the ArcGIS for Local Government system. Your feedback is vital. So don’t hesitate to let us know what you think about the information model and what maps and apps will help you in your local government.
We’ve got some exciting things coming this summer and early fall so keep a close eye on the Local Government Blog or follow us on Twitter if you’d like to learn more about how ArcGIS for Local Government can help you effectively deploy GIS.
This week, we posted a new release of the Infrastructure Editing Map. This release includes many enhancements you’ve requested and addresses several problems.
You’ll find the June 20, 2011 release of the Infrastructure Network Editing template for ArcGIS 10 addresses the following:
1. Redesigned isolation trace routine to incorporate new functionality
2. Added a new Secondary trace that uses the trace point from an isolation trace, disables all valves selected, and reruns the trace
3. Added a new configuration file tag for angle of the dogleg “<Hook_Angle>45</Hook_Angle>”
4. Added a new configuration file tag for the operable values of a valve “<add key=”TraceIsolation_Operable_Values” value=”0|1″ />”
5. Added a new configuration file tag for additional SQL Query for remove valve used in the trace
6. Added a new option to list multi value class for the isolation trace
7. Redesigned the Profile Graph and exposed labels for configuration
8. Redesigned the Update_Intersecting_Feature so it does not stop after processing one intersecting feature; it now runs on all intersected features
9. Added a new option to subtype rules that allows users to list multi subtypes or all subtypes in a list
10. Redesigned how rules are processed and evaluated to enhance performance
11. Added the On_Manual flag to the Dynamic Value table to allow users to specify a rule to only rule when you click new button. Note: The “new button” has been added to the end of the Infrastructure Editing toolbar.
12. Added a RUNORDER field to the DynamicValue table to allow users to list a hierarchy to how the rules are processed
13. Added a new configuration file tag to use an Envelope to do spatial searches and not the geometry
14. Redesigned the INTERSECT_STATS and JUNCTION_ROTATION methods in the Dynamic Value table
15. Added several new methods to the Dynamic Value table (FROM_EDGE_STATS, TO_EDGE_STATS, FROM_EDGE_MULTI_FIELD_INTERSECT, TO_EDGE_MULTI_FIELD_INTERSECT, FEATURE_STATS, MINIMUM_LENGTH, NEAREST_FEATURE_ATTRIBUTES, SPLIT_INTERSECTING_FEATURE, MULTI_FIELD_INTERSECT, and INTERSECT_STATS)
16. Redesigned the Generate ID and Generate ID by Intersect rules to use a new GenerateID table
17. Redesigned the installation location of the configuration file to now be installed in the user directory. Note: it is copied there the first time ArcMap is opened once the tools are installed.
18. Enhanced the refresh rate of the map when using add laterals and traces
19. Added an option to set search distance on Add Laterals
20. Added an option to search the mains featureclass or the featurelayer in the add laterals
21. Added support for multi add lateral rules defined on the same point layer
22. Enhanced the X_COORDINATE, Y_COORDINATE, LAT,LONG rules to allow users to choose the centroid, start or end coordinate to start
23. Enhanced the elevation layer in the profile graph to make it now optional
24. Added a new rule “CREATE_LINKED_RECORD” to create a new record in a table and creates a relationship to table using the primary key in the edited record
25. Added a new rule “INTERSECTING_LAYER_DETAILS” to extract the details from the intersecting layer
26. Simplified the Network Editing map document
27. Added the latest LocalGovernment.gdb and Data Dictionary
1. Resolved an issue with multi returns values in a geocoder
2. Resolved an issue with Create Laterals with a dogleg that would preclude lateral from snapping to main
3. Resolved an issue with Lat and Long rules to correct coordinate values returned
4. Resolved an issue with intersecting rules to use feature geometries and handle mixed projections
5. Resolved an issue with Intersect_Layer_Details and network path layers
6. Resolved an issue with the CREATE_LINKED_RULE that prevented a trigger from being fired when a create event was fired
7. Resolved an issue with the add laterals that caused issues with connection to the geometric network
8. Resolved an issue with Generate_ID_By_Intersect rule that caused an issue when the ID field was not a string field
9. Resolved an issue with the JUNCTION_ROTATION rules that precluded users from applying additional spin angle
10. Resolved an issue with the construction tools that precluded them from registering properly
11. Resolved an issue with split lines at click location and when clicking for a profile trace
12. Resolved an issue with the fixed EXPRESSION rule
13. Resolved an issue with the Attribute Assistant that precluded the EXPRESSION rule from being used more than once
14. Resolved an issue that precluded a prompt for the debug log file location when opening an ArcMap document
15. Resolved an issue that caused additional edits when opening an ArcMap document
16. Resolved an issue with the Municipal Boundary layer in the InfrastructureEditing.mxd and associated documentation
17. Resolved an issue that precluded the Attribute Assistant from interacting with layers in the basemap group layer
18. Resolved an issue with the Connection Closest function that created features in the wrong order
19. Resolved an issue with the Merge Features function that introduced features from incorrect feature classes
The update to the Network Editing app is a major release that include direct feedback we have been getting
from users. We encourage you to download these updates and tell us how
they can improve the management of your water, sewer and storm water
Sorry for the recent blogging sabbatical, the team was on the road the entire month of May rolling out the ArcGIS for Land Records Seminar Series. It was a great experience. We got to interact directly with users implementing the land records maps and apps we’re providing in the ArcGIS for Local Government system and received a lot of feedback – which is critical. But we can’t take any time off – the 2011 Esri User Conference is right around the corner.
And because its coming up so quickly, we wanted to take a minute to highlight several sessions for those interested in learning more about ArcGIS for Local Government and how the maps and apps available within each module (Land Records, Water Utilities, Public Safety, etc.) of the system can help you. This year, we have a whole track dedicated to ArcGIS for Local Government (search the conference planner for “ArcGIS for Local Government”) and we’re really looking forward to getting your feedback and addressing any questions you may have.
Monday (Plenary Day)
8:30 – 3:30 – The Plenary Session
This is a must see event. Lots of great ArcGIS 10.1 product demonstrations. If you are new to the ArcGIS for Local Government product offering, we hope you’ll catch a glimpse of the maps and apps we’re offering and begin to understand how ArcGIS for Local Government can help you.
4:00 – 8:00 – The Map Gallery
A great time to catch up with old friends and see some great maps submitted by your peers.
Tuesday (Tech Workshops Begin)
8:30 – 9:45 – ArcGIS for Local Government – An Introduction
This session will provide an introduction to ArcGIS for Local Government and a set of downloadable maps and apps for Local Government users.
10:15 – 11:30 – ArcGIS for Local Government – Engaging your Citizens
This session will provide an introduction to ArcGIS for Local Government’s citizen engagement applications. The maps and apps are for organizations that want to deploy applications that interact with their citizens and leverage social media content.
1:30 – 2:45 – ArcGIS for Land Records – An Introduction
This session will provide an introduction to the ArcGIS for Local Government land records module. The set of downloadable maps and apps are for organizations that manage tax parcel and related property information.
3:15 – 4:30 – ArcGIS for Land Records – Parcel Maintenance Solution
This session will provide an introduction to the Esri’s Parcel Maintenance solution at ArcGIS 10.
Wednesday (More Tech Workshops)
8:30 – 9:45 – ArcGIS for Land Records Implementation Examples
This session will provide an overview of the ArcGIS for Land Records implementations by the City of Calgary and the City/County of Denver.
10:15 – 11:30 – ArcGIS for Land Records – Migrating Your Data
This session will provide an introduction to the Parcel Fabric data model and data migration strategies.
1:30 – 2:45 – ArcGIS for Public Safety – An Introduction
This session will provide an introduction to the ArcGIS for Local Government public safety module. The set of downloadable maps and apps are for organizations that manage response and recover activities.
3:15 – 4:30 – ArcGIS for Public Safety – Configuring
This session will describe how to configure the ArcGIS for Local Government public safety maps and apps.
3:15 – 4:30 – ArcGIS for Water Utilities – An Introduction
This session will provide an introduction to the ArcGIS for Local Government water utilities module. The set of downloadable maps and apps are for organizations that manage water, sewer, stormwater, roads and other public assets.
Thursday (Nearly the Last Day of Tech Workshops)
This session will provide an introduction to the ArcGIS for Local
Government planning and development module. The set of downloadable maps and apps are
for organizations that manage land use cases, public comment, code enforcement, and other planning activities.
10:15 – 11:30 – ArcGIS for Water Utilities – Configuring
This session will describe how to configure the ArcGIS for Local Government water utilities maps and apps.
1:30 – 2:45 – ArcGIS for Land Records – Configuring
This session will describe how to configure the ArcGIS for Local Government land records maps and apps.
3:15 – 3:35 – ArcGIS for Local Government’s Election Apps – An Introduction
This session will provide an introduction to the ArcGIS for Local Government election module. The set of downloadable maps and apps are for organizations that manage election results, precinct information, and redistricting efforts.
4:05 – 4:25 – ArcGIS for Land Records – Improving Data Quality
This session will provide an introduction to a set of tools provided with the ArcGIS Desktop Parcel Editor toolbar to improve the accuracy of parcel data.
Each of these Tech Workshops will be an opportunity for you to interact directly with individuals from Esri who are responsible for developing ArcGIS for Local Government and the maps and apps provided in each module. We’re excited to hear directly from ArcGIS for Local Government users and want your feedback.
If we miss you at one of the Tech Workshops, stop by the Industry Islands or catch us on Twitter during the conference.
Enjoy the UC and we look forward to seeing you there.
One of the most over-looked components in any GIS implementation is the accuracy of your data. This year at UC, we’re introducing 30-minute “health checks” where our water utility experts can perform a diagnostic on your data to help you assess its overall quality. Using the ArcGIS Data Reviewer extension, Esri staff will run various automated checks on your water, wastewater, and stormwater data in file or personal geodatabase format.
If you’re interested in having your data analyzed, stop by the Geodatabase Management island in the Esri Showcase. Our experts will be available between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 12th and Wednesday, July 13th, and between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 14th.
To ensure an appointment for your “Health Check” you can schedule in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, organization, contact information, and preferred data and time.
If you can’t make it to UC, here are some other resources to help you QA/QC your water utility data:
Data Reviewer for Infrastructure Template-Download this free template that includes pre-configured validation rules specific to water utilities.
Data Reviewer Videos-Learn more about using ArcGIS Data Reviewer for water utilities and see how to take advantage of the Infrastructure Template.
ArcGIS Data Reviewer Evaluation Software-Request a free, 60-day trial of ArcGIS Data Reviewer to start performing your own health checks.
Coming Soon – GIS Data Quality Best Practices for Water, Wastewater, and Stormwater Utilities. This new whitepaper provides an overview of quality assurance and quality control techniques to help ensure the quality of your data.
This map allows you to view continuously updated U.S. flooding information. You can see observed flooding locations as well as precipitation information. The map also pulls in social media pertaining to flooding. In the Social Media box, you can change the search terms for YouTube, Twitter, and Flickr by hovering over the name of the feed, and then typing a new word into the displayed box.
New Land Use Public Notification template helps local governments inform residents of pending land use activities
The Land Use Public Notification template is the second application published on the Local Government Resource Center to help with the administration of land use and planning activities; and it compliments the Land Use Public Comment application published in late 2010. The Public Notification application can be used by any planning and zoning, building, or other local government organization looking to notify property owners and occupants of a formal action being taken.
The Public Notification template can be used to identify surrounding property owners and occupants
This application offers a simple way for applicants, or local government staff, to find a subject property and select a set of properties by a given buffer distance. It also provides a list of property owners and/or occupants for the selected set of properties in an Adobe PDF document that is formatted to match several standard Avery Label formats, and a simple common separated text file (.CSV) that can be used in a subsequent mail merge to produce the public notice.
The process of public notification allows adjoining or nearby property owners, and occupants, the opportunity to look at a proposed development, consider the likely impacts the proposal may have on them, and provide comment (either positive or negative) about the proposal prior to a decision being made. The responsibility for distributing the public notices vary by local government. In some cases, the petitioner may be responsible for distributing the notices. In others, the local government itself will distribute the notices to surrounding property owners. In either case, the Public Notification application provides a map and list of addresses to be notified.
The Public Notification application can be used to generate mailing labels in standard formats
There are two primary ways to identify an area of interest, or subject property. You can interact directly with the map and click on a subject property when you’ve located it. You can also use the Search Box to locate a subject property by address or parcel identification number. Note, you can enter a partial address or parcel identification number and then identify the correct value in the list. When you find the subject property, just click on Notify tab in the information popup and follow the steps below to generate a mailing list:
1. Enter your buffer distance (this will select every property that touches a buffer created from the perimeter of the subject property)
2. Select who you’d like to notify (Property Owners, Occupants, or both)
3. Select Download Avery labels in PDF format if you’d like to generate pre-formatted mailing labels in Avery 5160 or 5193 format
4. Select Download in CSV format if you’d like to generate a pre-formatted text file
5. Finally, click Download
That’s it – the Public Notification application will use the inputs you provided to prepare your mailing list and deliver it to you in the format(s) you requested. At the same time, you can also select the Print button to generate a map of the selected properties for your case file as well.
The Public Notification app also generates a CSV file that can be used in other applications
Finally, we continue to evolve the application available on the Resource Center and your feedback is vital. So don’t hesitate to let us know what you think about the Land Use Public Notification application and what maps and apps will help you in your Planning and Development organization. In case you missed it, you can download several land use basemap templates from the Resource Center right now that will help you publish multi-scale basemaps with your current land use, future land use, and zoning data. And we’re working hard to wrap up a new iOS app for Code Enforcement so keep a close eye on the Local Government Blog or follow us on Twitter if you’d like to learn more about how ArcGIS can help you effectively deploy GIS in your local government.