A background map isn't required though it is highly recommended. As the map layering process is time intensive, we recommend that it should be used for "final" versions of map images to avoid costs associated with re-releases.
Once released, the map images will be exactingly aligned under the lot lines provided by the engineering company / municipality.
What to Include
What you decide to include in your maps is up to you of course. We’d recommend you show:
- All lot measurements, including dimensions and setback lines
- Garage placements, if applicable
- Any service hardware
- Lot grading type (e.g. “L”, “BF”) - although this *will* be displayed in the popup window, as an alternative
- Streets and street names (often Google maps will not show these if the area is a new development)
What not to Include
If you want to de-clutter your maps a bit, you might want to turn off lot numbers, block numbers and municipal address numbers (although some clients prefer to keep them in their background maps):
Phase outlines and labels (e.g. “Phase 13”) will also be handled by the LotWorks map, so we recommend you turn those layers off.
Can we still colour code the lots?
A lot of developers choose to colour code the “fill” of their lots to identify them by a certain category, be it zoning, product type, etc.
You can certainly still do this, but keep in mind that LotWorks will do the same thing: each lot will be covered by a coloured, semi-transparent polygon. This LotWorks layer will obscure and devalue any colours you choose to embed right in your map image.
The default in LotWorks is to show lots coloured by sales status, but you can also select different colour schemes that represent zonings, product types, and other criteria.
Street and Alley Colours
Make sure your streets and alleys have a solid colour - they should not be transparent.
There will likely be some overlap on the roads and alleys when you add new phase maps to your community map. Make sure there are all one solid colour so that the “join” is not visible.