Use Parcel Drafter

The Parcel Drafter solution delivers a set of capabilities that help you capture parcel boundaries as documents are filed and can be integrated into a larger land records workflow that produces a complete inventory of tax parcels, subdivisions, lots and related encumbrances.

In this topic, you’ll learn how to use the solution by assuming the role of a user and performing the workflows below.

Enter parcel descriptions

Parcel Drafter can be used to enter metes-and-bounds descriptions and check for closure errors in order to verify survey information prior to submission.

Add parcel

You will start by assuming the role of a mapping technician in a tax assessment office responsible for checking a new parcel description. You are asked to use Parcel Drafter to enter a metes-and-bounds description and check for closure errors in order to verify survey information prior to submission.

  1. In a browser, go to the Parcel Drafter app.
  2. Use the Search widget to find a parent parcel or address.
  3. Click the Settings option and choose from the drop-down list that best represent the units of the incoming document before starting a new description.
  4. Click on the map to specify a starting point for the traverse and using the template drop-down list, choose either the Boundary line or Connection line as the line type of your parcel traverse leg.
  5. Type the dimensions of the parcel traverse in the Bearing, Length, and Radius text boxes. As you type in dimensions, the traverse lines are drawn on the map from the starting point.
    Tip:

    To enter a bearing in degrees/minutes/seconds using quadrant bearing, type the values in one of the following formats: 20-25-25-3 (3 is the shortcut for the southwest quadrant), or S20-25-25W.

    When entering a bearing in decimal degrees, type the value in the following format: 20.2525.

    To enter tangent curves, type *tb in the Bearing text box, or * to make the next line the same bearing as the previous.

  6. Optionally update the angle and scale during the traverse to rotate and scale new lines.
    Tip:

    After entering the first line of the traverse (and rotation/scale values have not been specified), you can rotate the line to fit the underlying geometry (for example, section line, parcels, or other survey lines). All subsequent lines will be applied this rotation, but the records, bearings, and distances will be captured as entered.

  7. Optionally update the attributes of the new parcel (ex. Plan Name) and click Save.

Edit parcel

Now you will assume the role of a mapping technician in a tax assessment office responsible for editing parcel descriptions. You are asked to use Parcel Drafter to edit a metes-and-bounds description and check for closure errors.

  1. In a browser, go to the Parcel Drafter app.
  2. In the Parcel Drafter widget, click EditTraverse
  3. Click an existing parcel and edit the traverse or attribute information.
  4. Click Save.