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ArcGIS Urban 1.1


Example cities

Starting with ArcGIS Urban 1.1, you can pick from four example cities (Melbourne, Boston, Uppsala and Hardeeville) available at start up. The four cities differ in geographical location, size and types of challenges regarding urban development. Selecting an example city will set up a new Urban Model in your ArcGIS Online content and copies the respective example data, which means you can then edit and play around with it as you wish.

Street view

  • Compare your Urban scene to street view imagery provided by Mapillary.
  • In the street view mode, you can use the split screen to compare the future of your city with what you can see today from a pedestrian perspective.
  • The street view mode is available in the Overview and in the Plan editor.


  • Add your existing trees and see them masked out by future developments.
  • The existing trees will be displayed in the Overview and in the Plan editor as part of your 3D Base Layers.
  • The trees will be masked out the same way as the existing buildings. .
  • You can add your existing trees layer in the Data Manager as a SceneLayer with point geometries.
  • Make sure to add the symbology of your trees before publishing the SceneLayer.

Plan-specific space use types

Add and configure plan-specific space use types and apply to your proposed building types directly in the Plan editor.

Overview improvements

ArcGIS Urban1.1 introduces more options to configure what you show in the Urban overview.

Design visualization of Plans

  • A new publishing workflow allows you to not only display future buildings in the Overview but any layer from the Plan editor. With this you have the possibility to display zoning, overlays and parcels together with the future buildings and zoning envelopes that stakeholders and citizens can view.
  • Select which layers you want to visualize in the Overview and how they will look (e.g. future buildings should be colored or not).
  • Layers to pick from: future Buildings, Zoning Envelopes, Zoning, Overlays and Parcels and the Study Area.

Indicators layer options

  • You now have more control over which layers are shown together with your indicator data.
  • Select which layers you want to visualize together with your indicator and how they will look (e.g. existing buildings should be transparent or not).
  • Layers to pick from: Existing Buildings, Future Buildings, Existing Trees, Plans and Projects.


A series of new functionalities helps you export content from Urban and use in other tools.

Capacity values to Excel

  • Export the capacity values from your Urban plan to Excel for additional analysis.
  • Export all scenarios at the same time and get an overview of all capacity indicators for comparison.
  • Exported capacity indicators include population, households and jobs.
  • Find a breakdown of space use types and their respective gross floor area as well as zoning types and the sum of the assigned parcels areas for each scenario.

Scenarios to Web Scene and Web Map

  • Export scenarios as Web Scene (3D) and Web Map (2D) to include in Story Maps or use standalone.
  • By using the new publishing workflow, you will be able to select the exported layers and then publish the scenarios to Web Scenes and Web Maps.
  • Additionally, the publishing step will create a separate Feature Layer with your scenario that you can use in other design tools and software such as ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud.
  • In Urban, you can find the exported Web Scene under Design Visualization of each scenario or in your ArcGIS Online content under the folder named after your plan.


  • Export beautiful, high-resolution screenshots (PNG) to use in your presentations and documents.
  • The screenshots will exclude all UI elements and will give you a clean shot of your 3D scene.

Plan editor UI enhancements

The Plan editor UI has significantly improved to provide users with a better and clearer workflow.

Better building types UI

  • Visually more compelling and understandable UI for configuring your building types.
  • See a preview of your building in the dialog with parts that scale according to the number of floors assigned to them.
  • See how the tower and podium assignment affects your building type.

Warning labels switch

  • Turn off the warning labels in the Plan editor.
  • This is especially useful if you are presenting your scenario or want to design without limiting your creativity regarding zoning restrictions.

Better side panels UI

  • More understandable side panel UI, separating legend and inspector elements from capacity indicators.
  • Instead of scrolling in the Dashboard section, you can now use the different tabs to see space use types and zoning types breakdowns as legends.

Zoning envelopes default visibility

Zoning Envelopes are now visible per default when entering the Plan editor.

Data manager

The data manager has officially been promoted from its beta state and is now fully functional.

Import zoning types from feature layer

  • Create your list of zoning types based on the layer symbology of a feature layer.
  • You can import zoning types from a feature layer of your zones. This will extract a list of the different unique zones including name, description and color.

Better validation

  • The data manager shows better and more understandable validation when importing external data.
  • The validation gives more information regarding which features are invalid.

Better explanations

  • We added more explanations to make it easier to understand how to load your own data.
  • You will find a description of each table and layer of the data model in the data manager.

Breaking changes

  • Fixed conversion error for fields DwellingUnitsPerAreaMax (in Zoning Types, Overlays, Parcels) and MultipleBuildingDensity (in Building Types) when entering values in imperial units.
  • Fixed wrong mapping of the field AllowedSpaceUseTypes in Zoning Types when publishing or unpublishing a Plan (already published/unpublished Plans will have wrong mappings)


  • Future Buildings are not shown any more in the Overview for Plans (use new publishing workflow described above).
  • Future Buildings in the Plan editor are not saved anymore in the BuildingsLOD1 layer.
  • Zoning Envelopes in the Plan editor are not saved anymore in the ZoningEnvelopes layer.
  • Removed support for Hindi (as all other ArcGIS Online apps).

Enhancements and bug fixes

  • Improved types filter functionality in the Plan editor e.g., filter by what is allowed on the parcel or by space use types.
  • Renamed Custom ID to Join ID where needed in the Data Manager to make joining of layers and tables more understandable.
  • Added possibility to open the Plan editor from an URL directly.
  • Added decluttering for warning labels.
  • Removed the New Slice button from slice tool and directly show the functionality.
  • Added zoning envelopes for parcels without an assigned zone.
  • Added a clickable URL to the portal item in the picker.
  • Improved the portal item picker for long names of items.
  • Removed error message when an external source (e.g. Web Scene, Layer) is not available.
  • Changed the vertical alignment of Future Buildings in the Plan editor to be aligned to the lowest point of the ground floor.
  • Fixed an issue in which the scenario dropdown was not scrolling.
  • Fixed an issue in which the field Real_Shape_Area was not calculated on importing Future Buildings through the Data Manager.
  • Fixed an issue in which the suitability tool did not reset the parcels renderer.
  • Fixed an issue in the data manager field matcher in which certain numeric fields did not show up in the dropdown.
  • Fixed the loading of Web Scene layers, including styling of Building Scene Layers as configured in the Scene Viewer.
  • Fixed an issue in which Tiers and Setbacks were not imported correctly from spreadsheet.
  • Fixed the CGA rule to validate building types regarding dwelling unit density.
  • Fixed the CGA rule to limit podiums by FAR as well.
  • Fixed the CGA rule to allow buildings with only substructures.
  • Fixed the dialog validation for StatusTypes.
  • Fixed an issue in which some units where not showing on the right side for right-to-left.