[Talk-GB] Marking landuse and field boundaries

Philip Barnes phil at trigpoint.me.uk
Thu Jan 3 11:39:00 GMT 2013

On Thu, 2013-01-03 at 06:52 +0000, Dudley Ibbett wrote:
> Personally, it is good to see others adding field boundaries.
> I thought it might be useful to describe my current practice with
> regard to mapping field boundaries.  In making the following comments,
> I would say that I am interested in landscape maintenance and
> presevation and not just navigation.  We have had to fight several
> planning applications in our valley and have won theses based on the
> quality of the landscape.  Having good maps of this is important.  OSM
> could be useful tool in this context.
> I started mapping field  boundaries as a Newbie (I'm not sure when you
> stop being one) about 10 months back.  At the time I made some
> enquires on the Newbie mailing list about how to handle field
> boundaries and roads.  From this I concluded that you shouldn't join
> field boundaries to roads.  I also started mapping the field
> boundaries along roads.  The suggestion seemed to be that this should
> be done for completeness.  Drawing field boundaries along roads is
> diffcult to do neatly and looks messy at high OSM zoom.  However when
> you scale back, the road rendering masks this.  It is probably worth
> going to more trouble where main roads are concerned and their line is
> unlikely to be adjusted.  In JOSM you can create a parallel way from
> the road which can help.  
I am increasingly thinking that in cases like this, we should begin to
map roads as areas. I would leave the road way in the centre, but then
around the road turn the parallel ways into an area and join those to
the hedge way.

I think this will probably look better than hoping the renderer will get
it right at all zoom levels.

I appreciate that this should not be default mapping practice, but once
you are into micromapping an area, then it does seem a logical step.

What do others think?


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