How do I include the Districts layer in one plan as a reference layer in
Including District layers from other plans in your current plan can be
done as follows:
- Create a new directory where you are storing your plans called
"District CDFs" (If you already have this directory, skip to step 2).
- Close any open plans using Redistricting-Close Plan,
and any other open windows using File-Close All.
- Open the plan whose District layer you want to use in another plan.
- Change the working layer to Districts. This can be done by picking
Districts from the drop-down list in the toolbar at the top of the
- Choose Tools-Export to display the Export
dialog box. Export All Features to a Compact Geographic File, and click
- In the Save As dialog box, choose to save the file to the District
CDFs directory you created in step 1, and type a name for the new file.
This name can be the same as your plan, if you wish.
- Once the export has finished, close your plan with
- Open the new geographic file you created using File-Open.
- Choose Map-Layers to display the Layers
dialog box, highlight your new layer, called Districts, in the scroll
- Click the Rename button. Type in a new name for the layer (it is
recommended the new name be the same as the name of the geographic file)
and check the Change Permanently box.
The districts layer can now be added to any other plan as a reference. If
you want to add multiple district layers to a plan for reference, repeat the
steps above for each of the other district layers.
** Please note that you will need to repeat the procedure above if you make
changes to any of the plans that you exported to a Compact Geographic File.
to view a video tutorial of including the Districts layer as a
reference layer in another plan.
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