Manage zoning

ArcGIS Urban allows you to store a city's zoning code restrictions in a standardized structure to use them in design plans. In the data manager, you can configure the following properties:

  • Zoning types and Zoning boundaries define zoning code restrictions used in zoning plans.
  • Overlay types and Overlay boundaries allow you to override zoning code restrictions of underlying zones. You can only use overlays in zoning plans; you cannot use them in land-use plans.
  • Land use types and Land use boundaries define land-use restrictions used in land-use plans.

The zoning, overlay, and land-use types don't have a geometry. You must upload boundaries to define the spatial extent of zoning, overlay, and land-use restrictions. You must configure the type items before you can configure boundaries. If you're using a template when creating an urban model (for example, the USA Default template), default types are provided for every category. See Set up ArcGIS Urban to learn more about creating an urban model.

Note:

To join zoning and land-use types with their respective boundaries, you must configure a join ID attribute when adding types. If you do not provide such an attribute, you cannot upload and join related boundaries.

Manage zoning types

A zoning type describes a certain combination of zoning code restrictions such as building height, parcel coverage, or allowed space uses. Zoning types don't have a geometry. They are referenced by zoning boundaries that define the spatial extent of zoning code restrictions. If you intend to add allowed space uses to zoning types, you must add space-use types before you configure zoning types. See Manage space-use types to learn more.

To add zoning type data, add the data manually as a single item, upload a spreadsheet from your computer, or import the data from a hosted feature table or feature layer symbology.

Add a single zoning type

To add a single zoning type, complete the following steps:

  1. Open the data manager.
  2. Click System of record and click Zoning types.
  3. Click the Add button at the upper right.
  4. Select Single item.

    The New zoning type dialog box appears.

  5. Modify the styling of the new zoning type on the Appearance tab:
    • Provide a label and a custom ID for the zoning type.
    • Optionally, provide a name and a description for the zoning type. You can style the description with markdown syntax elements. See Description styling to learn more.
    • Optionally, change the Color, Fill, and Outline default values.
  6. Modify the basic zoning regulations on the Parameters tab.
  7. Click OK to save the new zoning type.

    The new zoning type is added to the Zoning types table.

Add zoning types from a spreadsheet

To upload zoning types from a spreadsheet, they must be in a specific format. You can access the format through a template download. To download a zoning types template and upload the data, complete the following steps:

  1. Open the data manager.
  2. Click System of record and click Zoning types.
  3. Click the Add button at the upper right.
  4. Select From spreadsheet.

    The From spreadsheet dialog box appears.

  5. On the dialog box, click Download template.

    An Excel file is downloaded.

  6. Add the data to the template. Do not change any of the column headings.
  7. Save the file.
  8. In the data manager, click Choose file.
  9. Locate the file on your computer and upload it.

    Alternatively, drag the file onto the dialog box.

    The Field matching dialog box appears.

  10. Match the fields and click OK.
    Note:

    When you import zoning types that restrict the allowed space-use types, ensure that the data in the AllowedSpaceUseTypes field refers to the join ID of your space-use types.

Add zoning types from a feature table

To add zoning types from a hosted feature table, complete the following steps:

  1. Open the data manager.
  2. Click System of record and click Zoning types.
  3. Click the Add button at the upper right.
  4. Select From feature table to open the From feature table dialog box.
    1. In the Layer step, search for the ArcGIS Online item that contains the zoning types data. Select it by clicking it. Click Next to continue.

      Urban automatically skips the next step if you are importing data from a feature layer without sublayers.

    2. Optionally, in the Sublayer step, select a sublayer. Click Next to continue.
    3. In the Fields step, match the fields. Click Next to continue.
      Note:

      When you import zoning types that restrict the allowed space-use types, ensure that the data in the AllowedSpaceUseTypes field refers to the join ID of your space-use types.

    4. In the Import step, click OK to confirm the successful import and to close the dialog box.

Add zoning types from a feature layer symbology

If you have a zoning feature layer with a defined symbology for each zoning type, you can import the types with their corresponding symbology directly from there.

  1. Open the data manager.
  2. Click System of record and click Zoning types.
  3. Click the Add button at the upper right.
  4. Select From feature layer symbology.

    The portal item picker appears.

  5. Search for and click the zoning layer from which you want to import the zoning types and their corresponding symbology, and click OK.
Note:

When adding zoning types from a feature layer symbology, only the color, label, description, and join ID are imported. You must set other parameters manually by clicking the options button Options button.

Reorder zoning types

Reorder zoning types to change their position in the legend and in the list of types in zoning plans. To change the order of zoning types, complete the following steps:

  1. Open the data manager.
  2. Click System of record and click Zoning types.
  3. Click the drag handle Drag handle next to any zoning type to reorder it.

    The new types order is saved automatically.

Add zoning boundaries

Zoning boundaries reference zoning types and define the geographical extent of zoning code restrictions. Add zoning types first. Then complete the following steps to add zoning boundaries:

  1. Open the data manager.
  2. Click System of record and click Zoning boundaries.
  3. Click Add to open the From feature layer dialog box.
    1. In the Layer step, search for the ArcGIS Online layer that contains the zoning boundaries. Select it by clicking it. Click Next to continue.

      Urban automatically skips the next step if you are importing data from a feature layer without sublayers.

    2. Optionally, in the Sublayer step, select a sublayer. Click Next to continue.
    3. In the Fields step, match the fields. Click Next to continue.

      Note:
      • Ensure that the data in the Zoning type field refers to the join ID of your zoning types.
      • The Custom ID field is optional and currently not used in Urban.

    4. In the Import step, click OK to confirm the successful import and to close the dialog box.
Note:

You can only have one zoning layer. You must delete all zones before adding a new one.

Manage overlay types

Overlays allow you to override zoning code restrictions of an underlying zoning type, such as building height or parcel coverage. Overlay types don't have a geometry. They are referenced by overlay boundaries that define the spatial extent of zoning code restrictions. Unlike zoning and land-use restrictions, overlay restrictions are defined on individual overlay boundaries and not on the overlay type. Overlay types group individual overlay boundaries and allow you to visualize them with the same symbology. In addition, overlay types allow you to specify how overlays interact with the underlying zoning code restrictions, for example, replacing the restriction or adding a bonus. You can only use overlays in zoning plans; you cannot use them in land-use plans.

Add an overlay type

To add an overlay type, complete the following steps:

  1. Open the data manager.
  2. Click System of record and click Overlay types.
  3. Click the Add button at the upper right.

    The New overlay type dialog box appears.

  4. Modify the styling of the new overlay type on the Appearance tab:
    • Provide a name for the overlay type.
    • Optionally, change the Color, Fill, and Outline default values.
  5. Change how overlays interact with the underlying zoning code restrictions on the Advanced settings tab.
  6. Click OK to save the new overlay type.

    The new overlay type is added to the Overlay types table.

Add overlay types from a spreadsheet

To upload overlay types from a spreadsheet, they must be in a specific format. You can access the format through a template download. To download an overlay types template and upload the data, complete the following steps:

  1. Open the data manager.
  2. Click System of record and click Overlay types.
  3. Click the Add button at the upper right.
  4. Select From spreadsheet.

    The From spreadsheet dialog box appears.

  5. On the dialog box, click Download template.

    An Excel file is downloaded.

  6. Add the data to the template. Do not change any of the column headings.
  7. Save the file.
  8. In the data manager, click Choose file.
  9. Locate the file on your computer and upload it.

    Alternatively, drag the file onto the dialog box.

    The Field matching dialog box appears.

  10. Match the fields and click OK.

Add overlay types from a feature table

To add overlay types from a hosted feature table, complete the following steps:

  1. Open the data manager.
  2. Click System of record and click Overlay types.
  3. Click the Add button at the upper right.
  4. Select From feature table to open the From feature table dialog box.
    1. In the Layer step, search for the ArcGIS Online item that contains the overlay types data. Select it by clicking it. Click Next to continue.

      Urban automatically skips the next step if you are importing data from a feature layer without sublayers.

    2. Optionally, in the Sublayer step, select a sublayer. Click Next to continue.
    3. In the Fields step, match the fields. Click Next to continue.
    4. In the Import step, click OK to confirm the successful import and to close the dialog box.

Add overlay types from a feature layer symbology

If you have an overlay feature layer with a defined symbology for each overlay type, you can import the types with their corresponding symbology directly from there.

  1. Open the data manager.
  2. Click System of record and click Overlay types.
  3. Click the Add button at the upper right.
  4. Select From feature layer symbology.

    The portal item picker appears.

  5. Search for and click the overlay layer from which you want to import the overlay types and their corresponding symbology, and click OK.
Note:

When adding overlay types from a feature layer symbology, only the color, name, and join ID are imported. You must set other parameters manually by clicking the options button Options button.

Reorder overlay types

Reorder overlay types to change their position in the legend and in the list of types in zoning plans. If there are overlays that interact with the same zoning code restriction (for example, coverage), the order is also used to resolve conflicts in case of overlapping boundaries (higher order overlay types are applied last). To change the order of overlay types, complete the following steps:

  1. Open the data manager.
  2. Click System of record and click Overlay types.
  3. Click the drag handle Drag handle next to any overlay type to reorder it.

    The new types order is saved automatically.

Add overlay boundaries

Overlay boundaries define the spatial extent and parameter values of zoning code restrictions. They reference overlay types to visualize boundaries of the same type with the same symbology. Add overlay types first. Then complete the following steps to add overlay boundaries to any of the defined overlay types:

  1. Open the data manager.
  2. Click System of record and click Overlay boundaries.
  3. Choose the overlay type and click Add in the corresponding row to open the From feature layer dialog box.
    1. In the Layer step, search for the ArcGIS Online layer that contains the overlay boundaries. Select it by clicking it. Click Next to continue.

      Urban automatically skips the next step if you are importing data from a feature layer without sublayers.

    2. Optionally, in the Sublayer step, select a sublayer. Click Next to continue.
    3. In the Fields step, match the fields. Click Next to continue.
    4. In the Import step, click OK to confirm the successful import and to close the dialog box.
Note:

Style the overlay description with markdown syntax elements. See Description styling to learn more.

Manage land-use types

Similar to zoning types, a land-use type describes a certain combination of zoning code restrictions such as building height, parcel coverage, or allowed space uses. Land-use types don't have a geometry. They are referenced by land-use boundaries that define the spatial extent of land-use restrictions. If you intend to add allowed space uses, you must add space-use types first. See Manage space-use types to learn more.

To add land-use type data, add the data manually as a single item, upload a spreadsheet from your computer, or import the data from a hosted feature table or feature layer symbology.

Add land-use types

To add land-use types, complete the following steps:

  1. Open the data manager.
  2. Click System of record and click Land use types.
  3. Click Add and choose from the following options:
    • Single item—Add a single land-use type.
    • From spreadsheet—Import multiple types from a spreadsheet.
    • From feature table—Import multiple types from a hosted feature table.
    • From feature layer symbology—Import multiple types from the symbology of a hosted feature layer.

    See the Manage zoning types section above to learn more about these options.

Reorder land-use types

Reorder land-use types to change their position in the legend in land-use plans. To change the order of land-use types, complete the following steps:

  1. Open the data manager.
  2. Click System of record and click Land use types.
  3. Click the drag handle Drag handle next to any land-use type to reorder it.

    The new types order is saved automatically.

Add land-use boundaries

Land-use boundaries reference land-use types and define the spatial extent of land-use restrictions. Add land-use types first. Then complete the following steps to add land-use boundaries:

  1. Open the data manager.
  2. Click System of record and click Land use boundaries.
  3. Choose Existing land use or Future land use and click Add in the corresponding row to open the From feature layer dialog box.
    1. In the Layer step, search for the ArcGIS Online layer that contains the land-use boundaries. Select it by clicking it. Click Next to continue.

      Urban automatically skips the next step if you are importing data from a feature layer without sublayers.

    2. Optionally, in the Sublayer step, select a sublayer. Click Next to continue.
    3. In the Fields step, match the fields. Click Next to continue.

      Note:
      • Ensure that the data in the Land use type field refers to the join ID of your land-use types.
      • The Custom ID field is optional and currently not used in Urban.

    4. In the Import step, click OK to confirm the successful import and to close the dialog box.
Note:

You can only have one existing land-use layer and one future land-use layer. Before adding a new layer, you must delete the existing one.