Regional Parcel Dataset - Seven County Twin Cities Metropolitan Area

This page last updated: 10/10/2014
Metadata created using Minnesota Geographic Metadata Guidelines


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1. Overview
2. Data Quality
3. Data Organization
4. Coordinate System
5. Attributes
6. Distribution - Get Data
7. Metadata Reference

Section 1 Overview
Originator Counties of Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott and Washington
Title Regional Parcel Dataset - Seven County Twin Cities Metropolitan Area
Abstract This dataset is a compilation of tax parcel polygon and point layers from the seven Twin Cities, Minnesota metropolitan area counties of Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott and Washington. The seven counties were assembled into a common coordinate system. No attempt has been made to edgematch or rubbersheet between counties. A standard set of attribute fields is included for each county. (See section 5 of the metadata). The attributes are the same for the polygon and points layers. Not all attributes are populated for all counties.

The polygon layer contains one record for each real estate/tax parcel polygon within each county's parcel dataset. Some counties have polygons for each individual condominium, and others do not. (See Completeness in Section 2 of the metadata for more information.) The points layer includes the same attribute fields as the polygon dataset. The points are intended to provide information in situations where multiple tax parcels are represented by a single polygon. The primary example of this is the condominium, though some counties stacked polygons for condos. Condominiums, by definition, are legally owned as individual, taxed real estate units. Records for condominiums may not show up in the polygon dataset. The points for the point dataset often will be randomly placed or stacked within the parcel polygon with which they are associated.

The polygon layer is broken into individual county shape files. The points layer is provided as both individual county files and as one file for the entire metro area.

In many places a one-to-one relationship does not exist between these parcel polygons or points and the actual buildings or occupancy units that lie within them. There may be many buildings on one parcel and there may be many occupancy units (e.g. apartments, stores or offices) within each building. Additionally, no information exists within this dataset about residents of parcels. Parcel owner and taxpayer information exists for many, but not all counties.

Polygon and point counts for each county are as follows (Updated annually, current as of 1/15/2014):

polygons / points
Anoka - 130052 / 130052
Carver - 39639 / 39639
Dakota - 138356 / 151873
Hennepin - 425977 / 425977
Ramsey - 148841 / 166648
Scott - 55732 / 55732
Washington - 105525 / 105525

This is a MetroGIS Regionally Endorsed dataset. (See www.metrogis.org/how-do-i-get/parcel-data.aspx for more information.)


Each of the seven Metro Area counties has entered into a multiparty agreement with the Metropolitan Council to assemble and distribute the parcel data for each county as a regional (seven county) parcel dataset.


Additional information may be available in the individual metadata for each county at the links listed below. Also, any questions or comments about suspected errors or omissions in this dataset can be addressed to the contact person listed in the individual county metadata.

Anoka = www.anokacounty.us/315/GIS

Carver = www.datafinder.org/metadata/carv_parcels.html

Dakota = www.co.dakota.mn.us/homeproperty/propertymaps/pages/default.aspx

Hennepin = www.datafinder.org/metadata/Henn_TaxableParcels.html

Ramsey = www.co.ramsey.mn.us/is/gisdata.htm

Scott = www.datafinder.org/metadata/scot_parcels.html

Washington = www.datafinder.org/metadata/wash_parcels.html
Purpose To view, analyze and display parcel data anywhere in the seven county metro area.
Time Period of Content Date 10/01/2014
Currentness Reference All county datasets are current to within 30 days of the Time Period of Content date listed above unless otherwise noted.
Progress Complete
Maintenance and Update Frequency Quarterly
Spatial Extent of Data Twin Cities 7 County Metropolitan Area. This includes the counties of Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott and Washington in Minnesota.
Bounding Coordinates -94.012
-92.732
45.415
44.471
Place Keywords Twin Cities, Anoka County, Carver County, Dakota County, Hennepin County, Ramsey County, Scott County, Washington County
Theme Keywords parcels, regional parcel data, cadastre, land ownership
Theme Keyword Thesaurus None
Access Constraints Access to this Regional Parcel Dataset is restricted by licensing requirements imposed by the seven counties that supply the source data. Under these licensing requirements, this dataset is available through MetroGIS at no cost to organizations that qualify as ''Governmental '' or ''Academic'' interests.

''Governmental Interests'' means all local, regional, state and federal governmental jurisdictions, including their respective political subdivisions, in the United States.

''Academic Interests'' means an accredited college or university or any other institution of higher education in the United States.

Individuals and organizations, which do not qualify as governmental or academic interests, must contact the county(ies) directly for access. A license may be required and a fee may be assessed. Contact information can be found at www.metrogis.org/how-do-i-get/parcel-data.aspx .

All other organizations and individuals must obtain the dataset directly from each county. In some cases a license and/or a fee is required. Below, in the Ordering Instructions, is information about some metro counties who have free and open access to their data.
Use Constraints See license agreement for complete details www.metrogis.org/how-do-i-get/parcel-data.aspx and click on Download the License Agreement .

The license agreement sets forth the conditions that the user must observe when using the Regional Parcel Dataset. The person requesting this dataset is expected to communicate these conditions to all individuals in their respective organizations that will have access to this dataset.

Licensed Public Parties have the right to use the data only for their own internal business purposes. No redistribution is permitted.

Products made using the regional parcel dataset, including paper maps, .pdf files or other images of a finished map, are not subject to the provisions of the Parcel Data Sharing Agreement. Licensed users may distribute such map products in a manner they desire, provided the underlying source electronic parcel data are not accessible by the map recipient(s).

The license agreement is a site license. Multiple copies of the data may be used by a licensed organization.

Licensed Public Parties may have a Third Party use these data on their behalf, but the Third Party cannot use the data for any other purpose. A Third Party must obtain a license in addition to the license required for the qualifying Public Party interest. The Public Party is responsible for providing the data or password to its Third Party and ensuring compliance with the license conditions concerning use of the data by their Third Party.

A Third Party user may include any interest that obtains access to the dataset for the express purpose of assisting a Public Party in utilizing the data.
Contact Person Information SEE METADATA FOR INDIVIDUAL COUNTIES,


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Phone:
Email: jonathan.hoekenga@metc.state.mn.us
Browse Graphic Click to view a data sample
Associated Data Sets Various parcel datasets available at the MetroGIS DataFinder website at under the Land Ownership theme www.datafinder.org/catalog/index.asp#LandOwnership

Section 2 Data Quality
Attribute Accuracy A standard set of attribute fields is included for each county. However, not all attributes are available for all counties. No attempt has been made by MetroGIS to assess the accuracy of the attribute data.

Additional or missing attributes may be available from local assessors.

Any questions or comments about suspected errors or omissions in this dataset can be addressed to the contact person listed in the individual county metadata. Links to that metadata can be found in the Horizontal Positional Accuracy element below.

If a suspected error in the data is discovered, the user is encouraged to report it directly to the county(ies) involved. Over time, the data quality would be expected to improve if the users continually call attention to potential errors in the data. Contact information for each county is contained in the individual parcel metadata for each county ( www.datafinder.org/catalog/index.asp#LandOwnership ).
Logical Consistency No attempt was made to edgematch or rubbersheet the seven counties, thus overlaps and gaps will exist between counties. Not all tax parcels are represented by a unique polygon. For example, a county might have one polygon representing a condominium complex. Some counties have provided an additional parcel points shape file that will include points to represent such tax parcels (e.g. a point for each individual condominium).
Completeness For parcel attributes, see Section 5 of this metadata.
For parcel geography, see metadata for individual counties.

Any questions or comments about suspected errors or omissions in this dataset can be addressed to the contact person listed in the individual county metadata. Links to that metadata can be found in the Horizontal Positional Accuracy element below.


Inclusion of Condominiums in Polygon Dataset:
Some counties include condominium information within their polygon dataset and others do not. Some information on this topic is shown below. Contact each county for further information.

Anoka:
Individual condominiums are included within the polygon dataset by subdividing the larger, common area parcel polygon of the condos into smaller polygons. These smaller polygons do not represent the actual geography of the condominiums, but do lie within the larger condo parcel.

Carver, Hennepin and Scott
Individual condominiums are included within the polygon dataset using stacked polygons with the same geography for each condominium tax parcel.

Dakota, Ramsey and Washington
One polygon is included in the polygon dataset for the geography of the larger common area of a condominium building or complex. Individual condominium units are only represented in the points dataset.

Note: For Carver County, where a point represents a tax parcel that has multiple, noncontiguous polygons, a single point will be placed within one of the polygons.
Horizontal Positional Accuracy See the Data Quality section of the metadata for individual counties at the following links:

Anoka = www.anokacounty.us/315/GIS

Carver = www.datafinder.org/metadata/carv_parcels.html

Dakota = www.co.dakota.mn.us/homeproperty/propertymaps/pages/default.aspx

Hennepin = www.datafinder.org/metadata/Henn_TaxableParcels.html

Ramsey = www.co.ramsey.mn.us/is/gisdata.htm

Scott = www.datafinder.org/metadata/scot_parcels.html

Washington = www.datafinder.org/metadata/wash_parcels.html
Lineage Each county provided parcel polygons and points with attributes in shape file format with UTM coordinates, to the Metropolitan Council. The Metropolitan Council checked each shape file to insure it had the specified field names, types, lengths and order.

No attempt was made to edgematch or rubber sheet the parcel geography between counties.

If a suspected error in the data is discovered, the user is encouraged to report it directly to the county(ies) involved. Over time, the data quality would be expected to improve if the users continually call attention to potential errors in the data. Contact information for each county is contained in the individual parcel metadata for each county (www.datafinder.org/catalog/index.asp#LandOwnership ).

Section 3 Spatial Data Organization (not used in this metadata)

Section 4 Coordinate System
Horizontal Coordinate Scheme Universal Transverse Mercator
UTM Zone Number 15
Horizontal Datum NAD83
Horizontal Units meters

Section 5 Attributes
Overview A standard set of attribute fields is included for each county. The attributes are identical for the point and polygon datasets. Not all attributes fields are populated by each county.

A list of the attribute names is shown below. Detailed information about the attributes can be found at:
www.datafinder.org/metadata/MetroGIS_Regional_Parcels_Attributes.pdf

Field Name: Brief Description
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COUNTY_ID: Unique County ID

PIN: Unique Parcel ID

BLDG_NUM: House Number
PREFIX_DIR: Street Prefix Direction
PREFIXTYPE: Street Prefix Type
STREETNAME: Street Name
STREETTYPE: Street Type
SUFFIX_DIR: Street Suffix Direction
UNIT_INFO: Unit Information

CITY: City (actual)
CITY_USPS: City (mailing)

ZIP: ZIP Code
ZIP4: ZIP 4 Extension

PLAT_NAME: Legal Description Plat Name
BLOCK: Legal Description Block
LOT: Legal Description Lot

ACRES_POLY: Polygon Acreage
ACRES_DEED: Deeded Acreage

USE1_DESC: Use Type 1
USE2_DESC: Use Type 2
USE3_DESC: Use Type 3
USE4_DESC: Use Type 4

MULTI_USES: Multiple Uses

LANDMARK: Landmark/Business Name

OWNER_NAME: Owner Name
OWNER_MORE: Additional Owner Name

OWN_ADD_L1: Owner Address Line 1
OWN_ADD_L2: Owner Address Line 2
OWN_ADD_L3 Owner Address Line 3

TAX_NAME: Taxpayer Name

TAX_ADD_L1: Taxpayer Address Line 1
TAX_ADD_L2: Taxpayer Address Line 2
TAX_ADD_L3: Taxpayer Address Line 3

HOMESTEAD: Homestead Status

EMV_LAND: Est. Market Value - Land
EMV_BLDG: Est. Market Value - Buildings
EMV_TOTAL: Est. Market Value - Total

TAX_CAPAC: Tax Capacity
TOTAL_TAX: Total Tax

SPEC_ASSES: Special Assessments

TAX_EXEMPT: Tax Exempt Status

XUSE1_DESC: Exempt Use 1
XUSE2_DESC: Exempt Use 2
XUSE3_DESC: Exempt Use 3
XUSE4_DESC: Exempt Use 4

DWELL_TYPE: Dwelling Type
HOME_STYLE: Home Style
FIN_SQ_FT: Square Footage

GARAGE: Garage Y/N
GARAGESQFT: Garage Square Footage

BASEMENT: Basement Y/N

HEATING: Heating type
COOLING: Cooling type

YEAR_BUILT: Year Built

NUM_UNITS: Number of Units

SALE_DATE: Last Sales Date
SALE_VALUE: Last Sales Value

SCHOOL_DST: School District
WSHD_DIST: Watershed District

GREEN_ACRE: Green Acres
OPEN_SPACE: Open Space
AG_PRESERV: Agricultural Preserve
AGPRE_ENRD: Ag. Preserve Enrolled
AGPRE_EXPD: Ag. Preserve Expiration

PARC_CODE: Parcel Polygon to Parcel Point and PIN Relationship Code
Detailed Citation A detailed description of the attributes available in this dataset can be found at
www.datafinder.org/metadata/MetroGIS_Regional_Parcels_Attributes.pdf

Note: The last five digits of Dakota Counties PIN Numbers changed format in March of 2011
See .pdf above for further details.

A lookup table "ParcelsDakotaOldNewPINLookupTable2011.dbf" will be included in the Dakota County zip bundle that allows users to join parcel information which contain the old PIN format. Users should be aware that the old and new PIN formats are not mutually exclusive to each other. There are approximately 1,500 records of NEWPIN numbers that have the same PIN as OLDPIN number.
Table Detail:

Section 6 Distribution
Publisher The Metropolitan Council and the Counties of Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott and Washington
Publication Date periodically revised
Contact Person Information Tanya Mayer, GIS Specialist
Metropolitan Council
390 Robert Street North
St. Paul, MN  55101-1805
Phone: 651.602.1604
Email: tanya.mayer@metc.state.mn.us
Distributor's Data Set Identifier MetroGIS Regional Parcel dataset
Distribution Liability See license agreement.
Ordering Instructions LICENSING
This is a licensed dataset. The licensing and data acquisition procedures differ depending upon the type of organization requesting the datasets.

Qualifying governmental units and academic interests may obtain the dataset without fee directly from MetroGIS. More information about licensing for these organizations can be found at www.metrogis.org/how-do-i-get/parcel-data.aspx .

All other organizations and individuals must obtain the dataset directly from each county. In some cases a fee is required. Below is information about some metro counties who have free and open access to their data.

DOWNLOADING
Licensed governmental and academic users may download the parcel dataset using the userID, password and instructions provided with their license approval. The dataset is downloaded from a password protected FTP site.

FREE AND OPEN DATA
Beginning in 2014, some metro counties have approved free and open geospatial data policies. Links will be provided as those datasets become available.

www.datafinder.org/metadata/ParcelsCurrent.html
Online Linkage None available

Section 7 Metadata Reference
Metadata Date 10/10/2014
Contact Person Information Tanya Mayer, GIS Specialist
Metropolitan Council
390 Robert Street North
St. Paul, MN  55101-1805
Phone: 651.602.1604
Email: tanya.mayer@metc.state.mn.us
Metadata Standard Name Minnesota Geographic Metadata Guidelines
Metadata Standard Version 1.2
Metadata Standard Online Linkage http://www.gis.state.mn.us/stds/metadata.htm


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