[Tagging] Allotments plot / lot tagging and ref?

Joseph Eisenberg joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com
Sun Jan 6 23:45:25 UTC 2019

The current wiki page for landuse=allotments
(https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:landuse%3Dallotments) states
that one should "Use allotments=plot and/or boundary=lot for an
individual plot and lot=number_of_plot for number of plot."

However, the wiki page for allotments=plot
(https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:allotments%3Dplot) states
"You may want to use the ref=* to indicate the number assigned to your

It appears there are over 3000 uses of lot=<number>, mostly in
combination with "boundary=*" or "allotments=*"

But there are 6 559 uses of "ref=*" in combination with
allotments=plot (so 57% of allotments=plot have a ref).

The other interesting fact is that the proposal page for
allotments=plot and the wiki page both show this as an "approved" tag,
however there were 8 opposing votes and only 9 approving votes in the
14 day voting period, so it should have been marked as rejected back
in 2013. Perhaps the status should be changed to "in use", since it is
used 11,000 times.


- Joseph

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