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Prepare your data

For ArcGIS Urban to function effectively, certain data is recommended. Although you can open Urban with empty master layers, urban planning workflows are not possible without the following data:

  • 3D Basemap
  • Zoning Types
  • Overlay Types
  • Building Types
  • Space Use Types
  • Project Status Types

When data is processed, some data uploads are required before other data can be configured. These dependencies are as follows:

  • Zoning Types is required before the Zoning layer can be added.
  • Overlay Types is required before the Overlays layer can be added.
  • Space Use Types is required before Building Types can be added.
  • Status Types is required before the Projects layer can be added.
  • The Projects layer is required before the Future Buildings layer can be added.
Your data needs to be in a certain format for ArcGIS Online to read it correctly. The Manager is a tool that allows you to add, edit, and configure your data in a simplified manner. The Manager is accessed using the manage button gear icon in the upper right of the header in the Overview and consists of the following key sections:

  • General Settings—City data, 3D base layers and hub annotations layer
  • Types—Zoning, Overlay, Building , Space Use, and Status
  • Layers—Zoning Boundaries, Overlay Boundaries, and Parcel Boundaries
  • Plans & Projects—Plans, Projects, and Future Buildings
  • Indicators—Custom indicators and Living Atlas indicators

Use a template

In some data fields, data can be uploaded from a spreadsheet on your computer. In such cases, a template is available for download. The template includes default data (for example, the default building types) in a structured table format. This template will help you prepare your data. Use the template to structure your own data. Once you are satisfied with the table, you can add it to the Manager, and the contents will be visible.


The fields within the download templates are case sensitive.

To access the template, complete the following steps:

  1. Open the Manager.
  2. Click the field in which you want to upload data.
  3. Click the Add button at the upper right of the section you are in.
  4. Select From Spreadsheet.

    The From Spreadsheet dialog box appears.

  5. On the dialog box, click Download template.

    An Excel file is downloaded.

Alternatively, if your data has already been prepared and added to ArcGIS Online, you can upload it to the Manager using the From Feature Layer upload (where possible). This workflow is outlined in Types, Layers, Plans and projects, and Indicators. A table (hosted) is the Feature Layer type used for the Types tab and a Feature Layer (hosted) is the type used for Layers tab.


When editing the content in the download template make sure that you pay attention to the case of your strings. For example, in the BuildingTypes template there is a FootprintShape column. If you add Parcel in this column, the building footprint of the respective building type adapts to the parcel shape. However, if you type in “parcel” (lower-case), the Manager import does not interpret the string as the keyword for adjusting the building footprint according to the parcels shape.

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