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Add the parcel fabric to the map

The parcel fabric can be created in both a file geodatabase and an enterprise geodatabase. When a parcel fabric is added to the map from an enterprise geodatabase, the layers are viewed as read-only in the map. Parcel fabric layers from an enterprise geodatabase must be published as a feature service to be edited.

The parcel fabric and its associated layers can be accessed from a file geodatabase or an enterprise geodatabase on the Project tab in the Catalog pane. After the parcel fabric is published as a feature service from an enterprise geodatabase, it can be accessed on the Portal tab in the Catalog pane.

Add the parcel fabric to the map from a geodatabase

To add the parcel fabric to a map from a file geodatabase or an enterprise geodatabase, complete the following steps :

  1. Click Catalog on the View tab to open the Catalog pane.
  2. On the Project tab, locate the file or enterprise geodatabase containing the parcel fabric under the Databases folder.
  3. Right-click the parcel fabric Parcel Fabric and click Add To New Map.
    You can also add the parcel fabric to a current map view or drag the parcel fabric into the map.

    Note:

    You do not need to add all the associated layers to the map. By adding the parcel fabric to a map, associated layers are automatically added.

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When the parcel fabric is added to the map from an enterprise geodatabase, it is read-only. Any changes to symbology on the parcel fabric layers will be lost when the parcel fabric is published as a feature service. In an enterprise geodatabase, map symbology is set on the published, parcel fabric layers.

Add the parcel fabric and its layers to the map.
Right-click the parcel fabric and click Add To New Map to add the parcel fabric and all its associated layers to the map.

Add the parcel fabric to a map from a portal

To add the parcel fabric to a map from a portal, follow these steps:

  1. In the Catalog pane on the Portal tab, locate and double-click the published parcel fabric feature layer Feature layer to display the parcel fabric and its feature classes.
  2. Right-click the parcel fabric layer Parcel Fabric Layer and click Add To New Map.

    You can also add the parcel fabric to a current map view or drag the parcel fabric into the map.

    Note:

    You do not need to add all the associated layers to the map. By adding the parcel fabric to a map, associated layers are automatically added.

    Add the parcel fabric and its layers to the map from your portal.
    Double-click the parcel fabric web layer to display the parcel fabric and its associated feature classes.

Associated parcel fabric layers include the Records layer, Points layer, Connection Lines layer and parcel type layers. Historic sub layers for parcel type layers are also available.

Parcel fabric layer

When the parcel fabric layer is added to the map, the Parcels ribbon becomes available. The Parcels ribbon consists of the Records tab, which contains tools and commands for editing parcels in a parcel fabric.

When the parcel fabric is first added to the map, it is turned off by default. The parcel fabric layer is a group layer that contains the Records, Dirty Areas, Point Errors, Line Errors, and Polygon Errors sublayers.

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Only one parcel fabric layer can be added to a map.

Records sublayer

The parcel fabric is a records-driven system and organizes parcel data based on the form in which the data was originally recorded. Parcel data is recorded in legal records such as plans, plats, deeds, and records of survey. In the parcel fabric, all parcel features are associated with the legal record, and parcels are created and edited in response to changes to the legal record.

The Records sublayer displays the parcel record polygons and references the Records feature class. Parcel record polygons are the record footprints and should match the cumulative geometry of all the parcels associated with it.

Learn more about parcel records

Topology sublayers

The parcel fabric uses geodatabase topology rules and parcel rules to define parcels and model their behavior. Geodatabase topology rules define the spatial relationships between parcel features, and parcel rules define behavior that is specific to parcel features. Attribute rules can be configured to define additional behavior for parcels and enforce data quality in the parcel fabric.

When the topology is enabled, dirty areas become active. Dirty areas are displayed in the Dirty Areas parcel fabric sublayer and are created when data is added to or modified in the parcel fabric. Dirty areas indicate that the data has not been validated in the parcel fabric topology.

Dirty areas track the size and shape of the area in which an edit took place, as well as the type of edit, the GlobalID of features participating in the edit, and the editor who performed the edit. A dirty area is represented by a purple translucent square or rectangle. The extent of a dirty area is determined by the shape of the feature that was edited. If a feature's geometry is modified, two dirty areas are generated for the single feature. One represents the envelope of the feature's previous geometry, and the other represents the feature's new geometry. Dirty areas are removed when the topology is validated.

The parcel fabric is validated using a required set of geodatabase topology rules and parcel rules. You can define additional topology rules and attribute rules to enforce data quality standards in your organization. Violations of these rules are displayed as errors in the Error Inspector pane, and error features are displayed in the Point Errors, Lines Errors, and Polygon Errors sublayers.

Points layer

The Points layer displays parcel points and control points in the parcel fabric. Points represent physical locations on the ground, and a point location is either a known marked location or an assumed location. Point locations can represent parcel corners, end points of connection lines, or stand-alone fixed cadastral reference features such as control points. Points can be current or retired (historic).

Points are either fixed or nonfixed. Fixed points have coordinates that do not change, for example, control points.

The points layer is symbolized using an Arcade expression and the following criteria:

  • Points are symbolized as Fixed if the Is Fixed attribute is set to 1 (Yes) and the Retired By Record attribute is empty (not historic).
  • Points are symbolized as parcel points (Point) if the Is Fixed attribute is set to 0 (No) and the Retired By Record field is empty (not historic).
  • Points are symbolized as Retired Fixed if the Is Fixed attribute is set to 1 (Yes) and the Retired By Record field populated with a GlobalID (historic).

To view the Arcade expression, right-click the Points layer and click Symbology. In the Symbology pane, click Set an expression Set an expression next to the Field 1 drop-down box to view the Arcade expression.

Learn more about parcel fabric points

Connection Lines layer

The Connection Lines layer is a COGO-enabled line layer that displays connection lines in the parcel fabric. Connection lines are used to define measurements between points that are not parcel boundaries. Connection lines can be used to connect parcel corners across right of ways and to connect parcel corners to control points. Connection lines are independent features that are not associated with parcels but are part of the parcel fabric.

Learn more about connection lines

Parcel type group layers

Parcels are added to the parcel fabric as parcel types. Examples of parcel types are ownership parcels, administrative parcels, and subdivision parcels. A parcel type is defined by a separate polygon and line feature class. When the parcel fabric is added to a map, its associated parcel types are added as group layers. The parcel type group layer consists of a parcel polygon layer, a parcel line layer, and a historic group layer. The historic group layer contains historic line and polygon sublayers.

Parcel polygons and seed polygons

The parcel polygon layer is symbolized to show parcel polygons and seed polygons.

Parcel seeds are used when building parcels from lines. A parcel seed is the initial state, or seed state, of a parcel. A parcel seed indicates to the build process that a parcel should be built from the lines enclosing a seed. Parcel seeds are represented as small polygons and have the same schema as the parcel polygon feature class.

Learn more about parcel seeds

Parcel lines

Parcel lines are COGO-enabled and are displayed with COGO-enabled labeling. If the line has COGO attribute values present in the COGO fields, the line is labeled with a direction and a distance. The line label is defined by an Arcade expression that can be viewed by right-clicking the line layer and clicking Labeling Properties. The Arcade expression can be edited to display different dimensions and formats.

Historic layers

In a parcel fabric, parcel features are considered historic if the Retired By Record attribute option is not null. Historic parcels are displayed in historic group layers under the parcel type layers. The historic group layer has a historic line sublayer and a historic polygon sublayer The historic line and polygon sublayers both have a predefined Retired By Record is not null definition query.

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The historic group layer is available when the parcel fabric is published as a feature service and added to the map. The historic group layer is also available when a parcel fabric is added to the map from a file geodatabase.

When the parcel fabric is added to the map from an enterprise geodatabase, historic layers are not displayed. This is because layers with definition queries cannot be published.

Symbolize parcels by subtype

By default, parcel type polygon layer is symbolized to show parcel polygons and seed polygons. The layer is symbolized using the Is Seed field.

To symbolize the parcel polygon layer by subtypes and seeds, follow these steps:

  1. On the Map tab in the Layer group, click the Add Preset drop-down arrow Add Preset Layer and click Subtype Layer Group .
  2. Browse to and choose the parcel type polygon feature class containing subtypes in the Choose one or more items with subtypes dialog box.

    A group layer containing the subtypes is added to the map.

  3. Use the Apply Symbology From Layer geoprocessing tool to apply the symbology of the default parcel type polygon layer to the new subtype layers.
    1. Choose the new subtype layer as your Input Layer.
    2. Choose the original, default layer with the seed symbology as your Symbology Layer.
  4. Run the Apply Symbology From Layer geoprocessing tool for all the subtype layers added to the group layer.
  5. Remove the original parcel type polygon layer from the map and move the new group layer to the parcel type group layer.