Buildable Area Layers in the Map

Quickly find parcels with the right buildable acreage for your next project with site selection's buildable area layer

This article will show you how to:

  1. Create a Buildable Area Layer
  2. View Buildable Layer
  3. Create a project from selected parcels


A Buildable Area is the portion of a parcel that is available for you to place the actual footprint of your project.  For instance, you might purchase or lease a 1,000-acre site, but if 500 acres are covered by floodplains or forested wetlands - environmental constraints that you don't want to build on - then only 500 acres are actually "buildable."

Our Buildable Area layer in the map's Site Selection flow allows you to define the landscape characteristics that you don't want to build on (we call them exclusion areas) in order to find parcels that have approximately the right "buildable" acreage you need for your project.

Step 1: Create the Buildable Area Layer form in a new Site Selection Request

  1. From the Start a New Project widget in the map tool, select Run a New Site Selection. In the Site Selection Creation modal, create your search area using one of the provided drawing, upload, or selection tool.
  2. Click Next.
  3. Complete the Site Selection Request Form, including the Add Buildable Area Layer section. The form will ask you to specify your exclusion preferences. Exclusion areas are the landscape and/or site characteristics that you do not want to build on (i.e. that you want to be excluded from the buildable area layer). When you are finished setting your exclusion area options, click Save to submit your site selection request.

Step 2: View the Buildable Area Layer

Once you have been notified that your site selection request is complete, view your buildable area layer by expanding the filter button of your site selection layer and ensuring that "Show Buildable Areas?" is toggled on. Buildable areas in the dark blue layer that populates underneath the teal parcels layer.

Step 3: Create a project from selected parcels

Now you can quickly select parcels that meet your targeted buildable acreage and save the parcels as a project.

  1. Choose Quick Parcel Select from the Start a New Project widget. You will see a green outline appear around the map.
  2. Start selecting parcels and watch your total developable acres go up on the acres counter and in the manage modal.
  3. Once you have selected the parcels that meet your buildable acreage requirement, give the group of parcels a project name and click Save or Save & Order Report in the manage modal. The project will be saved to My Portfolio in the map and on the Dashboard.