Split parcels using metes and bounds

The parent parcels using metes and bounds workflow below describes the steps and actions used in the Parcel split: metes-and-bounds task. The Parcel split: metes-and-bounds task is a record-driven workflow for splitting parent parcels using a metes and bounds description. New parcels are created that clip existing parcels to create remainder parcels. The original or parent parcels are saved as historic.

To split parcels using metes and bounds, you can use the Parcel split: metes-and-bounds task or follow these steps:

  1. Create a parcel record for the parcel split.

    The parcel record will be set as active in the map. The Created By Record field of new parcel features will be populated with the GlobalID of the active record.

  2. Use the Traverse tool Traverse to create a parcel traverse.

    The new parcel clips existing parcels and creates remainder parcels.

    1. Click Traverse Traverse in the Tools gallery on the Parcel Record Workflows tab to open the Traverse pane.
    2. In the Traverse pane, choose the layer in which to create the traverse from the Layer drop-down menu.
    3. Snap to an existing point as the starting point of the traverse.

      The starting point is most likely a corner point on the parcel that will be clipped.

    4. Start entering your traverse dimensions.

      Click Show Only Active Show Only Active in the Records group on the Parcel Record Workflows tab to only show parcel features in the active record. If there is a new record in the map, only the traverse lines are visible. Turning off the display of surrounding parcel features by clicking Show Only Active makes it easier to view and enter traverse lines.

  3. After entering your closed loop parcel traverse, click Create Seeds Create Parcel Seeds in the Construct group on the Parcel Record Workflows tab to create a seed for the parcel traverse.

    Parcel traverse with seed
    After creating the parcel traverse, create a seed for the parcel.

  4. Click Build Active Build Parcels In The Active Record in the Construct group on the Parcel Record Workflows tab to build the parcel.
  5. If necessary, select the newly built parcel, open the Attributes pane, and update its attributes.
  6. If necessary, align the parcel so that it overlays existing parcels in the correct position.
  7. Select the aligned parcel and click Clip Clip in the Tools gallery on the Parcel Record Workflows tab.
  8. In the Clip pane, make sure Clip all editable layers is not checked, and click the Target Features tab.
  9. Select the target parcels you want to clip and use to create remainder parcels.

    Clip target parcels
    Select the target parcels that will be clipped by the new parcel.

  10. Choose the Discard (Remainder) option in the Clip pane, and click Clip to clip and create remainder parcels.

    Turn on the Historic group layer for the parcel type in the Contents pane to display historic parcel features.

    Learn more about how parcel features are updated when using the Clip tool

  11. Select the remainder parcels, open the Attributes pane, and update their attributes.

    You can also use the Sequential Numbering tool Sequential Numbering in the Tools gallery on the Parcels ribbon to assign sequential attributes.