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 include a join ID when adding types. If you do not provide a join ID you cannot upload and join related boundaries.
  • When adding boundaries, a Custom ID field is available. This field is optional, and you can use it for additional identification.

Manage zoning types

A zoning type describes a certain combination of zoning code restrictions such as maximum building height, maximum 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.

Note:

You can also add zoning types to a plan. When doing so, the zoning type exists at the plan level, not across the entire city. See Work with zoning for details.

Add a single zoning type

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

  1. Open the data manager.
  2. Click System of records 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, custom ID, and description for the zoning type.
    • 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 records 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 correctly and click OK.
Caution:

Ensure that the allowed space-use types refer to the join ID of your space-use types.

Note:

The fields in the table are case sensitive.

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 records and click Zoning types.
  3. Click the Add button at the upper right.
  4. Select From feature table.

    The portal item picker appears.

  5. Click the zoning types data to select it and click OK.

    The Field matching dialog box appears.

  6. Match the fields correctly and click OK.
Caution:

Ensure that the allowed space-use types refer to the join ID of your space-use types.

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 Types 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 in zoning plans. To change the order of zoning types, complete the following steps:

  1. Open the data manager.
  2. Click System of records and click Zoning types.
  3. Click the Reorder button at the upper right.

    The Reorder dialog box appears.

  4. Drag the zoning types to reorder them and click OK.

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 records and click Zoning boundaries.
  3. Click Add.

    The portal item picker appears.

  4. Click the layer you want to use and click OK.

    The Field matching dialog box appears.

  5. Match the fields correctly and click OK.

    The zoning layer appears as a single layer in the data manager.

    Caution:

    Ensure that the zoning boundaries refer to the join ID of your zoning types.

    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 maximum building height or maximum 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.

Note:

You can also add new overlay types to a plan. When doing so, the overlay types exist only in the plan, not across the entire city. See Work with overlays for details.

Add an overlay type

To add an overlay type, complete the following steps:

  1. Open the data manager.
  2. Click System of records 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.

Note:

Importing overlay types is currently not supported.

Reorder overlay types

Reorder overlay types to change their position in the legend in zoning plans. If there are overlays that interact with the same zoning code restriction (for example, maximum 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 records and click Overlay types.
  3. Click the Reorder button at the upper right.

    The Reorder dialog box appears.

  4. Drag the overlay types to reorder them and click OK.

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 records and click Overlay boundaries.
  3. Choose the overlay type and click Add in the corresponding row.

    The portal item picker appears.

  4. Click the layer you want to use and click OK.

    The Field matching dialog box appears.

  5. Match the fields correctly and click OK.

    The boundaries are imported and attached to the corresponding overlay.

  6. Click OK to close the dialog box.

    The Count column of the corresponding Overlay table entry shows the number of boundaries that were imported.

Manage land-use types

Similar to zoning types, a land-use type describes a certain combination of zoning code restrictions such as maximum building height, maximum 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.

Note:

You can also add land-use types to a plan. When doing so, the land-use types exist only in the plan, not across the entire city. See Work with land use for details.

Add land-use types

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

  1. Open the data manager.
  2. Click System of records 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 records and click Land use types.
  3. Click the Reorder button at the upper right.

    The Reorder dialog box appears.

  4. Drag the land-use types to reorder them and click OK.

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 records and click Land use boundaries.
  3. Choose Existing land use or Future land use and click Add in the corresponding row.

    The portal item picker appears.

  4. Click the layer you want to use and click OK.

    The Field matching dialog box appears.

  5. Match the fields correctly and click OK.

    The land-use layer appears as a single layer in the data manager.

    Caution:

    Ensure that the land-use boundaries refer to the join ID of the land-use types.

    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.