Perform a parcel boundary line adjustment

A parcel boundary line adjustment occurs when a shared boundary between adjacent parcels adjusts to the east/west or north/south of the original boundary location. Parcels on one side of the adjusted boundary increase in area and parcels on the other side of the adjusted boundary decrease in area. An example of a boundary adjustment workflow is the widening of a right-of-way.

To perform a parcel boundary line adjustment, follow these steps:

  1. Create a parcel record for the parcel boundary line adjustment.

    The parcel record is set as active in the map. The Created By Record field of the new parcel features is populated with the global ID of the active record.

  2. Use the Select tool Active Select in the Selection group on the Parcel Record Workflows tab to select the parcels that will be affected by the boundary line adjustment.

    Select the parcel polygon to select the parcel.

  3. Click Copy Lines To Copy Lines To in the Construct group on the Parcel Record Workflows tab to copy the parcel lines of the selected parcels to the active record.

    The parcel lines will be used to construct new parcels. The original parcels will be retired as historic by the active record.

  4. On the Copy Lines To dialog box, select the parcel type in which the new parcels will be constructed.
    • Choose Preserve attributes to preserve the attributes of the parent parcels and transfer them to the new parcels.
    • Choose Show only active record to only show parcel features that are part of the active record.

    If you preserve attributes, the attributes will be transferred to the seeds that are automatically created for the closed line loops.

    Learn more about the Copy Lines To tool

  5. Click OK to copy the lines of the selected parcels to the active record.
  6. Clear the selection and select the shared parcel lines that represent the boundaries that will be adjusted.
  7. Use the Copy Parallel tool Copy Parallel in the Tools gallery on the Parcel Record Workflows tab to create parallel, offset copies of the selected parcel lines.
    • Provide the offset distance of the copied lines in the Distance text box under Values.
    • Choose the Extend or Trim option to specify a tolerance within which to extend or trim the copied lines. The copied parallel lines will be extended or trimmed to snap to the first adjacent line encountered within the specified tolerance.

    Parallel lines will be created at a specified distance to the original selected lines.

    Create a parallel offset parcel line.

    Learn more about using the Copy Parallel tool to create parallel parcel lines

  8. Optionally, update the COGO dimensions of the copied lines.

    COGO dimensions will be generated from the line shape geometry, and the COGO Type field of the lines will be set to Computed. Ideally, COGO dimensions should match dimensions on the parcel record.

  9. Select and delete the original parcel lines representing the original boundaries.
  10. Use the Split tool to interactively split parcel lines at the intersections of the copied, parallel lines.

    Choose By Feature in the Split pane to split parcel lines using the copied lines as the split lines.

    The Input Features value is the copied lines and the Target Features value is the parcel lines to be split. The COGO dimensions of the split lines are updated and the COGO Type field is set to Computed.

    Split parcels by feature

  11. Optionally, merge lines and update the COGO attributes for the adjacent parcels that will increase in area after the boundary adjustment.
  12. Click Build Active Build Parcels In The Active Record in the Construct group on the Parcel Record Workflows tab to build parcels from the modified lines and seeds in the active record.

    The original parcels are retired as historic.

  13. Update the COGO dimensions on the modified lines if necessary.

    The computed COGO dimensions may not match the dimensions exactly on the parcel record.

  14. Update the attributes of the newly built parcels.