The actual zoning that polygons can have may be simple (A – Extensive Agriculture) or complex (A FPS GH KRC – Extensive Agriculture, Floodplain Secondary Combining, Geologic Hazard Combining, Kern River Corridor Combining). Displaying the latter in an ArcGIS legend takes more room on the page than I can typically spare. In the old hand-drafting days, the legend was broken down by each visible zoning component, i.e. the polygon would be labeled ‘A FPS GH KRC,’ but the legend would read ‘A – Extensive Agriculture’ followed by a separate line ‘FPS – Floodplain Secondary Combining,’ etc., and the combining elements would only be listed once.
I’m looking for any suggestions you may have to keep the legend as simple as possible while still automatically creating it from a table or shapefile. I want to do this automatically since I will have non-cartographers making maps.
I’ve attached two JPEGs as examples. Thanks in advance and please let me know if you need any clarification.