I'm trying to map out some meets and bounds from a zoning legal description. This is my fourth time using the Traverse tool for this (so still pretty new) and I'm completely thrown by the non-tangent curve descriptions. The best explanation I found so far is this but it doesn't cover enough.

So my question is this: What is the relevant info to enter in the ArcMap Traverse tool from the example below?

It reads like this:
"Along the arc of a non-tangent curve to the right, whose radius bears North 04 deg 54' 54'' East, said curve being subtended by a central angle of 23 deg 59' 42'', having a radius of 1382.70 feet and an arc length of 579.06 feet to a point of tangency."

My current guess is that something like:
Curve Angle:23 deg 59' 42" Arc:579.06 Radial Direction: North 04 deg 54' 54" East Right

I want to get this right.

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    There's a good description of the different parts of a curve in the context of metes and bounds, on this course website: sfrc.ufl.edu/courses/SUR4403gibson. Module 4, Lecture 17, supporting documents: Metes and Bounds Descriptions.doc (you do have to download it).
    – csk
    Mar 7, 2019 at 21:29
  • I'm not afraid of reading/learning. Thanks I'll definitely check them out. Mar 7, 2019 at 21:40

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first box: curve
second box radius
third box: 1382.70
fourth box: chord
fifth box: 579.06

chordirection: 4.5454-1
Turn: You need to give me the sentence before and after to see how it concave!

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