The Public Land Survey Editing map organizes control points and the public land survey system (townships, sections, aliquot divisions and special surveys) in a fabric data model that can be maintained with the ArcGIS for Desktop Parcel Editor toolbar.

It is an editing map that can be used by mapping technicians in a Natural Resources department, Forest Management department, Land Management Office, or any other agency responsible for managing the Public Land Survey System (PLSS).

The Public Land Survey Editing map also includes a toolset that can be used to publish a series of PLSS layers in the Cadastral National Spatial Data Infrastructure (CadNSDI) data format. These publication layers can also be used as a foundation for tax mapping and other boundary inventories in local and state government agencies.


Requirement Description
  • Editing workflows in ArcMap
  • Installing add-ins and configuring toolbars in ArcMap
Map authoring
  • ArcGIS for Desktop (Standard or Advanced)
    • ArcMap 10.2 - 10.4

What you get

When you download Public Land Survey Editing, you'll find the following files:

Directory Item Description
Application Migration Tools A folder containing tools for migrating data to a staging geodatabase and parcel fabric.
Parcel Publishing A folder containing the Python script and toolbox used to create the Cadastral National Spatial Data Infrastructure (CadNSDI) layers.
AttributeAssistant.esriAddin The Attribute Assistant toolbar and a series of predefined methods to automatically populate attributes (for example, parcel identifiers) when features are created and updated.
PublicLandSurveyEditing.mxd A map document used to collect and manage control points and the public land survey system.
LocalGovernment.gdb ArcGIS for Local Government geodatabase with content from the City of Naperville, Illinois.

What's new

Below are the release dates and notes for Public Land Survey Editing.

Date Description
March 2017
  • The latest release of the Attribute Assistant Add-In
  • Updated parcel publication tool to update the output to be CadNSDI compliant.
  • Most recent LocalGovernment.gdb
January 2017
  • Support for ArcGIS 10.5.
July 2016
June 2016
  • Support for ArcGIS 10.4
  • Updated Parcel Fabric infomation model
  • Updated map document to reflect information model updates and new editor templates
  • The latest release of the Attribute Assistant Add-In
July 2015
  • First release of Public Land Survey Editing.

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