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Can a polyline shapefile be used as parcels in ArcGIS Urban?

Last Published: January 3, 2024


In ArcGIS Urban, only polygons can be used as parcels. The polyline shapefile must be converted to a polygon shapefile in ArcGIS Pro before publishing it as a hosted feature layer and importing it as parcels into an urban model.

  1. Open the project in ArcGIS Pro.
  2. Convert the polyline shapefile to a polygon feature class. Refer to How To: Convert polyline features to a polygon feature with an ArcGIS Desktop Basic license in ArcGIS Pro for instructions.
  3. Export the polygon feature class to a shapefile using the Feature Class To Shapefile tool.
    1. On the top ribbon, click the Analysis tab, and click Tools.
    2. In the Geoprocessing pane, search for and click Feature Class To Shapefile (Conversion Tools).
    3. For Input Features, select the polygon feature layer from the drop-down list.
    4. For Output Folder, specify a name and location to export the shapefile.
    5. Click Run.
The Feature Class To Shapefile pane
  1. Create a .zip file from the output shapefile created in Step 3.
    1. In Microsoft Windows, open File Explorer and navigate to the folder containing the shapefile.
    2. Right-click the folder and select Send to > Compressed (zipped) folder.
Alternatively, create a .zip file using any zip or archive application.
  1. In ArcGIS Online, upload the .zip file and publish it as a hosted feature layer. Refer to ArcGIS Online: Publish a shapefile for instructions.
  2. Create an urban model and import the polygon feature layer stored in the ArcGIS Online organization as parcels.

Article ID:000031607

  • ArcGIS Pro 3 1
  • ArcGIS Urban
  • ArcGIS Pro 3 2
  • ArcGIS Pro 3 0

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