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L.A. County Land Types

Current date of the data: August 2015

The Land Types dataset is a public domain dataset managed by the County of Los Angeles which  includes various types of land use that are critical for mapmaking and geographic analysis.  The data has been created to match parcel boundaries where possible, and digitized from 4-inch aerial photography where more detail was needed.

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General land types that have been captured include:

  • Beaches
  • Golf Courses
  • Museums & Aquariums
  • Parks & Recreation Centers
  • Sports & Event Venues
  • Colleges & Universities
  • Schools (Private, Charter, Public)
  • Hospitals (limited set)
  • Cemeteries
  • TV & Movie Studios
  • Jails & Prisons
  • Airport Boundaries
  • Shopping Centers
  • Mobile Home Parks (09/13)

A full listing of the categories can be found here: Land Types Categories – February 2011 (Excel Table).xlsx

This data is the result of a collaborative county project that began in January 2011 to update and take ownership of this valuable dataset.  It is closely related to the Location Management System program, which updates information represented as points.  This data is a replacement for the currently licensed Thomas Brothers OWNA layer.  It has greater scope, greater accuracy, and will be maintained collaboratively by County departments and various agencies that have true jurisdiction over the actual land types.

The LA County Department of Regional Planning has made a significant enhancement to the land types data through its development of three layers:

  • Parks, Recreation Centers, and Sports Complexes – 1,340 total
  • Schools – 2,951 total- see the School Update Process description (.pdf file)
  • Open Spaces – from the ‘California Protected Areas Database (CPAD)’ (click here for website).

LA County’s eGIS Group developed the boundaries for 110 Golf Courses, and the LA County CIO’s office developed a number of other layers, including cemeteries, colleges, and shopping centers.

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Data Field Descriptions
Since this dataset is still in development, not all data is complete.  Fields that are up to date are shown in bold below.
  • ID - ignore - will eventually be connected to the LMS ID.
  • NAME - Feature Name
  • DESCRIPTIO - Description (generally blank)
  • Cat1 - Primary Category (ties to LMS category)
  • Cat2 - Secondary Category (ties to LMS category)
  • Cat3 - Tertiary Category (ties to LMS category)
  • Addrn1 - Address information (including city, state, zip, etc) is not complete.
  • ORG_NAME - Organization that owns the land (generally from the LA County Assessor's Office)
  • SOURCE - Data Creator
  • EXT_ID - do not use
  • DATE_UPDAT - not used.

GIS Source Information
Feature Class Name: EGIS_LAND_TYPES
Feature Dataset Name (if applicable):
Reference Date: 2011
Accuracy: Parcel
Update Frequency: As Needed
Access Constraints:None

Contact Information
Steve Steinberg
Geographic Information Officer
County of Los Angeles
Internal Services Department
9150 E. Imperial Hwy, MS#3
33.916650, -118.132255
Downey, CA 90242
(562) 392-7126

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