[Tagging] landuse for government offices ?

Clifford Snow clifford at snowandsnow.us
Thu Sep 20 22:28:35 UTC 2018


On Thu, Sep 20, 2018 at 1:39 AM Colin Smale <colin.smale at xs4all.nl> wrote:

> Maybe it's just me, but I really can't understand why landuse for
> government functions needs its own tagging. The buildings are often
> indistinguishable from commercial properties - what is different is that
> the occupier is some statutory organisation. We don't tag landuse=charity,
> or landuse=private, or landuse=education, so why landuse=civic_admin? If
> you want to know who the tenant of a certain building is, let's have
> tenant=City of Blah and allow this for any building (or campus). Same
> arguments against landuse=religious. Why should farm be tagged as
> landuse=religious instead of landuse=farmland just because it is run by
> monks? Land use is the use a piece of land is put to, and not WHO is doing
> the using or WHY they are doing it. If we want to record those other
> dimensions, use different tags instead of further complicating the landuse
> mess.
>
Governments use a lot of land for administrative and civic reasons.
(Whether they own the land isn't relevant.) We tag industrial, commercial,
landfill, military, schools, religious, etc. Looking at military and
religious. Both can and do have many different type of activity. They have
office space that would otherwise be tagged commercial I suppose. Military
bases have restaurants and stores. But their overriding use is religious
and military.

Someone else commented that their are small government offices in retail
areas. If the bulk of the use is retail, it should be tagged retail.

As far as farmland run my monks - that could be a good argument to tag the
farmland as farmland and their common areas as religious.

Take a typical court house, besides court rooms, it has office space, maybe
a coffee shop, maybe a jail, police, service counters for the public
wishing to transact business. These can be multiple buildings with
overlapping functions.

Landuse=civic_admin better captures most of the public facilities landuse
better can any other alternative.

Clifford
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