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.
This is an annual version of the MetroGIS Regional Parcel Dataset that can be used with other annual versions to do change analysis and time series investigations. This dataset is intended to contain all updates to each county's parcel data through the end of 2004. It was originally published as the 'January 1, 2005' version of the dataset. See the Currentness Reference below and the Entity and Attribute information in Section 5 for more information about the dates for specific aspects of the dataset.
The polygon layer contains one record for each real estate/tax parcel polygon within each county's parcel dataset. Some counties will 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. 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 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 (based on the January, 2005 dataset):
Anoka = 124,042 polygons, 124,042 points
Carver = 32,910 polygons, 32,910 points
Dakota = 130,989 polygons, 141,444 points
Hennepin = 353,759 polygons, 399,184 points
Ramsey = 148,266 polygons, 163,376 points
Scott = 49,958 polygons, 49,958 points
Washington = 93,794 polygons, 96,570 points
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.datafinder.org/metadata/anok_parcels.htm
Carver = http://www.datafinder.org/metadata/carv_parcels.htm
Dakota = http://www.datafinder.org/metadata/dako_parcels.htm
Hennepin = http://www.datafinder.org/metadata/henn_parcels.htm
Ramsey = http://www.datafinder.org/metadata/rams_parcel_regions.htm
Scott = http://www.datafinder.org/metadata/scot_parcels.htm
Washington = http://www.co.washington.mn.us/info_for_residents/survey_and_land_management_division/survey_unit/metadata_for_parcel_data/