[Tagging] Power Tower Landuse = ?

Javier Sánchez Portero javiersanp at gmail.com
Fri Jun 30 08:18:56 UTC 2017

I'm also using landuse=industrial for towers, substations and all the
related gear despite being in a rural area.

2017-06-30 4:37 GMT+01:00 John Willis <johnw at mac.com>:

> Which landuse is appropriate for power towers?
> http://www.tepco.co.jp/pg/electricity-supply/operation/
> images/img_substation_04.jpg
> here is a picture of some of the towers I am talking about. In this case,
> most are in or adjacent to a substation.The giant red-white towers in the
> picture are common in my area, and run across our region. they use a large
> 25mx25m piece of land for their base. I am talking about these towers when
> they are by themselves, in farmland or residential areas.
> The giant power towers have a mappable (usually fenced) landuse - the
> tower bases are usually near some kind of access road, and the land for
> towers is as large as a housing plot. Farmers do not farm under the base,
> even if there isn’t a fence, making it a separate landuse from whatever is
> around it.
> Somewhat related, micromapped solar panel installations:  the panels
> themselves are the power generators, but it seems wrong to tag the landuse
> of a field of solar panels as a “power plant” - as solar panels (and wind
> farms) are very distributed and could be mixed land use, and are passive -
> they don’t seem to be “power stations” in the way that coal, oil, nuclear,
> or even solar-thermal stations are), and although I have been usng
> landuse=industrial, it seems to not fit really well. Perhaps that is an
> incorrect choice, but I don’t know what to use.
> https://www.openstreetmap.org/way/504120713
> https://www.openstreetmap.org/way/503938829
> https://www.openstreetmap.org/way/504121156
> Similar to landuse=highway and landuse=railway, there are landuse values
> for the areas used by part of a system -  but not an important or active
> part of the system, like the train tracks between stations.
> Is there a landuse=power? there are currently 9 landuse=power uses in OSM.
> the one in Japan is surely a mis-tag. But maybe landuse=power as a
> catch-all for land used by passive generation and transmission is a good
> idea.
> advice?
> Javbw
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