[Tagging] Proposal for new tag: landuse=plot

John F. Eldredge john at jfeldredge.com
Wed Sep 18 16:36:04 UTC 2013

Colin Smale <colin.smale at xs4all.nl> wrote:
> What is the essential difference between plot and lot in an OSM
> context?
> Dictionaries often seem to treat them as synonyms when applying to a
> "patch of land". But I'm a Brit... What's the US/AUS/CDN/NZ/etc view
> on
> this? 
> Colin 
> On 2013-09-18 16:35, John F. Eldredge wrote: 
> > On 09/18/2013 09:17 AM, fly wrote:
> > Am 18.09.2013 11:26, schrieb Lukas Hornby: Hi, Thanks for all your
> comments so far, very constructive. I've updated the comments to
> hopefully answer all of your concerns.
> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Proposed_features/Tag:landuse%3Dplot#Comments
> [1] In particular defnition seems to be key and I can confirm my
> definition is from a British perspective. Community garden is
> different in definition, both here and in the US (and elsewhere) but a
> useful comparison, as the ethos and values are usually similar. I'm
> aware the title is too generic. being new to OSM i'm not sure whether
> hierarchical tags (in a taxonomy) are encoraged or adjectival tags?
> First thing to consider would be that your intension is to map
> alloments' plots. As already mentioned this does not fit under
> landuse. Second; Should/Could this tag be used besides alloments ?
> There is ammenity=parking_space but I think it is the only tag
> describing "parcels/lots". If you decide to only use it for alloments
> a sim!
>  ple
> alloment:lot=yes would work as areas within landuse=alloment. Lots of
> alloments I know have fences between the single lots so be prepared to
> find lots of multipolygons as you would need one for each lot to
> proper define the ref=*.
> Note that the word under discussion is "plot", not "lot".
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Well, in American usage, a lot refers to a larger piece of land, such as you might buy to build your house upon; a plot refers to a smaller piece, such as a gardener might plant vegetables in.

I know that allotment refers to a tract of land in which multiple people rent smaller sections to grow vegetables or flowers for their own use.  Since a garden in British usage refers to all of the land surrounding one's residence, what would Britons call the portion of one own's land in which one grows vegetables, what Americans would refer to as a garden?  It wouldn't logically be an allotment, since you are doing it on your own property., 

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