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 http://www.metrogis.org/data/about/index.shtml#whatis 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 = http://www.anokacounty.us/315/GIS
Carver = http://www.datafinder.org/metadata/carv_parcels.html
Dakota = http://www.co.dakota.mn.us/homeproperty/propertymaps/pages/default.aspx
Hennepin = http://www.datafinder.org/metadata/Henn_TaxableParcels.html
Ramsey = http://www.co.ramsey.mn.us/is/gisdata.htm
Scott = http://www.datafinder.org/metadata/scot_parcels.html
Washington = http://www.datafinder.org/metadata/wash_parcels.html