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Touching roads or not

I have a rule of thumb for determining whether landuse areas should touch the roads along their edges. If homes / businesses in the landuse area are accessed from that road, then I draw the landuse area attached to the road. On the other hand, if there is no access (for example, a main road passes behind the houses in a development, and the houses can only be accessed from streets within the development) then I draw the landuse area only to the edge of the road's right-of-way. Vid the Kid 05:54, 23 September 2010 (BST)

Density threshold?

Should there be some kind of density threshold for using landuse=residential?

Here in Central Ohio, just a bit outside the suburbs, it's common for many of the farm roads to be lined with residential properties not related to the farms behind them. These properties can be an acre to several acres in area, usually containing just a single (sometimes large) house. Many of these properties extend a considerable fraction of a mile away from the road (sometimes even more than a mile) and the house can be situated in the middle or the back of the lot. It's a situation of extremely low-density housing development, yet because there are no gaps between the residential properties, they form very large blocks of residential landuse. I think while landuse=residential is technically correct, it seems possibly misleading to apply the tag to such large areas with so few houses. Vid the Kid 06:05, 23 September 2010 (BST)

See abutters=residential. – Minh Nguyễn (talk, contribs) 08:53, 18 July 2011 (BST)


In areas where you have named residential areas, it would be very handy to have a slight outline in MapNik for this style to separate them. See:

Further refining: residential=*

People seem to be using residential=* as a way of further refining what kind of residential area a place is. Another example of iterative refinement. Here are some of the current top values and what I think they mean. We should probaly write these up and add descriptions on the main page if everyone agrees. --achadwick 16:54, 18 May 2011 (BST)

Key Value Description
residential rural General additional tag describing residential areas in a rural location.
residential urban General additional tag describing residential areas in an urban location.
residential gated A gated community[1], closed off behind fences and gates with strictly controlled entrances. Ideally, tag each individual building or house with its own Areabuilding=*.
residential garden Garden areas within a residential area? Probably better than amenity=garden for boring back gardens on private property.
residential sheltered_housing An area of residential housing for older and/or disabled persons[2]. Ideally, tag each individual building or house with its own Areabuilding=*.
residential student_village Communities of dense accommodation, restricted to students and possibly gated. Usually run by for-profit companies (UPP etc), with heavy advertising etc. Not necessarily on campus, and a major feature of urban environments. Ideally, tag each individual block or hall with its own Areabuilding=*.

The tagging wonk in me wants to say something like residential=student_housing student_housing={student_village|halls_of_residence|...}'. Would that be a better way of having both a general "housing for students" tag and some specific values? I may give this a go. --achadwick 14:21, 19 May 2011 (BST)

See this proposal for an alternative refinement scheme. I think terms like "rural" and "urban" usually describe the entire milieu in general, not just a single lanfuse area. (In any case, one could combine multiple tag values with semicolons: residential=terraced;urban. Finally, I don't like tagging private gardens separately as residential areas as nobody actually resides in the garden (usually). -T99 10:17, 17 August 2011 (BST)