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What's new in GeoPlanner?

June 2017 update

This update to GeoPlanner for ArcGIS helps you evaluate and report on your scenarios and other assets in your projects.

Design and evaluate using selected scenario features

You can now select multiple scenario features in GeoPlanner. To help you be more productive in scenario design, you can cut, copy, paste and delete selected scenario features. The dashboard can also report on selected features so you can more precisely understand and assess scenario impact.

Dashboard reporting on selected features

Work within planning study areas

To help you define areas in which planning activities take place, you can now configure study areas. Study areas are areas in which you can design scenarios and report on key performance indicators in the dashboard and reports. You define study areas by sketching polygons into a new study area layer. When a study area is activated, GeoPlanner reports on scenarios that intersect the active study area and masks the area outside the activated study area. You can import features that are within a study areas into a scenario.

Active study area

Study areas help you evaluate your plans and designs. Use study areas to easily toggle between different planning subareas. You can see how your dashboard changes as you move between different areas.

New types of reports

This update to GeoPlanner includes two new types of reports, a baseline natural assets report and a chart report.

The baseline report, at this update, creates a PDF or XLSX of USA Landscape layers within a US State, County or Hydrologic Unit (HUC). Supported HUC levels include 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10. The report works against curated layers within Esri's Living Atlas so you can use authoritative datasets to generate information products for comprehensive, open space or other types of planning elements. You can also use this report for environmental screening reports. Future releases of this report will include the ability to use custom geographies and generate reports outside the USA.

The chart report is useful for environmental screening workflows and helps you evaluate potential impacts of your scenarios on an area. Use this report to understand how a development initiative, a conservation plan, or any other project impacts an area. If your charts reference a suitability model, the report will show how your scenario features summarize your models. You can include models created by GeoPlanner's modeler utility or those created using the classification tool. Reports are currently available in CSV format.

You can use a study area to define a geography for GeoPlanner reports.

Dockable dashboard

GeoPlanner dashboards can be moved, maximized, minimized and now docked to the bottom of the application. This will help you see more Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) as you work. You can also scroll through your docked dashboard.

Docked dashboard

Suitability modeler now part of Web AppBuilder

GeoPlanner's modeler utility helps you perform suitability modeling so you can identify risks and opportunities in an area. This utility is now a widget in the Web AppBuilder. You can use this widget with three Esri-curated suitability modeling services in the Living Atlas or with services that you build and host in your own infrastructure. This widget allows you to create new models from services or from an existing model. Models created by this widget can also be used in GeoPlanner. Use this widget to enable others to discover, use and share suitability models in your custom web apps built with Web AppBuilder.

Suitability Modeler widget in the Web AppBuilder

March 2017 update

GeoPlanner for ArcGIS now supports visualizing your data in 3D so you can better evaluate your scenarios.

Discover and use scene layers

Add 3D to your GeoPlanner projects. In the GeoPlanner 3D evaluation mode, you can use the Add Data dialog to discover and use scene layers. The Contents pane allows you to access the Add Data dialog so you don’t have to move out of 3D mode to search for data.

Visualize your data in 3D

Visualize any feature layer in 3D by entering 3D mode in the evaluation mode. You can extrude layers by attributes, constants or Arcade expressions. The Arcade scripting language allows you to define specific extrusion rules on a per-feature basis.

View Key Performance Indicators

In 3D mode, you can access a dashboard and view your Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) so you can understand your plan's impact.

3D with Dashboard

Model shadows

You can also configure dates and time of day so you can visualize the shadows cast by data in your plan. This will help you understand your plan’s impact on its environment at different times of the year.

3D with Shadows

October 2016 update

The October 2106 update to GeoPlanner for ArcGIS has new tools and capabilities to help you increase your productivity with the app.


The Add Performance Indicator tool now has an equation builder that makes it easier for you to create a Key Performance Indicator (KPI) equation by allowing you to select fields, mathematical operators and Area and Perimeter measurements from a UI.

KPI Equation Builder


GeoPlanner's design segment now includes a split tool so you can subdivide existing polygon and line scenario features. This tool helps you propose alternatives to existing plans by allowing you to divide existing land use, zoning, or other types of areas and lines.

Suitability Modeling

You can now download a model to a file-based tif (.TIFF) so you can perform desktop raster processing on your suitability layer. The download includes a color ramp file (.clr) so your colors in ArcGIS Pro or Desktop render the same as in GeoPlanner. You can also use this functionality to save a static record of a suitability model used for decision support.


We recently released a new Basic Template that you can use for simple sketching projects. This template includes a dashboard with several pre-created generic performance indicators.

We also added the ability to create new design layers from existing datasets. This allows you to quickly and easily start a plan or sketch from an existing dataset. All symbols, fields and default values defined in the existing dataset are applied to the new design layer. This will make it easier and faster for you to get working in GeoPlanner. You can also delete the design layers that you don't use in your project.

Add to design layers

At this update, you'll also have the ability to change existing design types. This will help you customize a project's design types to match the symbols and default values that are standard in your planning domain. You can change fill color, outline thickness, and set transparency for individual symbols in a project. You can also change design type names and default attribute values.

Change design type default values

June 2106 update

The June 2016 update of GeoPlanner for ArcGIS allows you to work with Esri's new Green Infrastructure apps, datasets, and analysis services. Here are the highlights of those new capabilities.

  • Esri's new Set Priorities and Set Weights apps create layer items that you can use as scenarios and assessment layers in GeoPlanner for design and real-time dashboarding.
  • You can now import up to 1500 features into a scenario during a single import operation. This will help you model your plans and designs on existing data, including layers created by the Set Weights app.
  • We recently shared a new analysis service that allows you to combine and weigh different Green Infrastructure layers to create suitability models. This allows for more detailed analysis and smarter decision making.
    Model generated from new Green Infrastructure suitability service.

March 2016 update

The March 2016 release of GeoPlanner for ArcGIS features a redesigned user experience that simplifies and streamlines your planning and design workflows. Also, with this release GeoPlanner supports Portal 10.4 for ArcGIS.

Improved user experience

We have revamped GeoPlanner's user interface so that your workflows are more productive and efficient.

Moveable dashboard

Now you can drag the Dashboard to different locations within the app to help you better visualize your plans, and get real-time feedback on the impact of your designs. The Dashboard is always available from any segment by just clicking its icon on the map toolbar.

Access to authoritative data

Authoritative datasets are essential to understand the context of your planning projects. GeoPlanner's Add Data tool now has a curated option that helps you discover quality datasets from the Living Atlas of the World.

Add Data dialog with curated data

Easy access to scenarios

You can now access GeoPlanner's scenario tools from inside any segment by clicking the Scenario dropdown from the application toolbar. This increases your productivity by reducing your mouse clicks.

Scenario dropdown

Better organized tools

To simplify and streamline your work in GeoPlanner, we grouped tools from the app's previous seven segments into three segments and made other tools globally available.

The Add Data, Analyze, and Modeler tools are now located within the Explore segment. This segment helps you understand site context before you begin a design.

Explore segment

We also renamed the Create segment to the Design segment, and moved all sketching, painting, selection and attribute editing tools into it. The Design segment helps you propose alternatives.

Design segment with drawing tools displayed

As comparison and evaluation tasks are interrelated, we grouped four tools into an Evaluate segment: Side-by-Side compare; Swipe compare; Consensus; KPI Report.

Evaluate segment

We moved several tools to a floating toolbar on the map to make them easy to find and reduce mouse clicks. These tools include Project Extent, Bookmarks, Placefinder, Zoom In and Out, Measure and the Dashboard.

Other tools that have project-oriented functionality have been moved to a backstage so you can access them only when you need to. These include Project Create, Open, Properties, Save, and Print Map.

Portal for ArcGIS

GeoPlanner now has support for Portal 10.4 for ArcGIS. If you have deployed Portal and ArcGIS 10.4 for Server, you can purchase GeoPlanner and configure it to use your on–premise services and content.

July 2015 update

The July 2015 update to GeoPlanner for ArcGIS includes enhancements to editing, reporting, scenario management, and suitability modeling.


  • GeoPlanner's new Key Performance Indicator (KPI) report shows metrics for all of your gauges against all or selected scenarios. This allows you to better understand overall project performance. You can also download the KPI report to .csv for further analysis.
    Key Performance Indicator Report


  • GeoPlanner now supports snapping to any feature layer while sketching. This will enable you to make more precise edits. Snapping is enabled for several editing tools, the Export and Measure tools, and analysis widgets that allow you to draw a study area.
  • A new feature painting tool allows you to click on or lasso existing scenario features to change feature types. This allows you to quickly propose land use or other changes by painting existing features to another type. It also improves productivity by enabling bulk updates.
  • Editing tools have been reorganized to facilitate access and improve usability at lower resolutions.

Scenario Management

  • The Import to Scenario tool now includes the option to import only features within the current map extent. This allows you to more precisely specify and control which features you import into a scenario.
    Import Scenario with Use current map extent

Suitability Modeling

  • GeoPlanner’s modeler widget now allows you to save an existing suitability model as a new model. This gives you the ability to quickly and easily create new models using the settings of another model.

February 2015 update

The February 2015 update to GeoPlanner for ArcGIS includes the following enhancements:

  • New dashboards that include the following functionality:
    • Save chart configurations so each time you return to your project, you see the same charts.
    • Scroll through charts and gauges so you can create and view as many Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) as needed.
    • Maximize a dashboard so you can see many KPIs at once.
    • Share dashboards and templates with other members of a project so all your project collaborators work from a common set of KPIs.
    • Create charts against non-scenario polygon layers to help you understand existing conditions.
  • Weighted overlay service browser so you can create suitability or risk models against different services.
  • New tools to help you create your own weighted overlay service.
  • Support for more ArcGIS Online analysis tools including Calculate Density, Derive New Locations, Find Existing and Similar Locations, Interpolate Points, and Plan Routes.
  • Import features into a scenario so you can model and edit existing conditions.
  • Collaborate on a project with users from your own and other ArcGIS Online organizations.