This week’s post covers a way of using your buffering tool to its full potential! Not only is your buffer tool able to create a buffer around a selected feature or point, it can create a buffer around multiple targeted features.
First, identify a layer that you want to target for your buffer. The best way of doing this is by using your Identifiable Layers tool, found within your identify tool.
Use the Identifiable Layers tool to distinguish which features you want to target for your buffer. For this exercise, we are going to only identify the “Tax Parcels” layer.
Now use the identify tools get a few parcels in your results pane.
After you are happy with your identified area, click the little menu button in the top right of Identify Results. It’s outlined in red below. This brings up the results menu where you can click “Show Buffer Options” to buffer around the identified parcels (or other identified features if applicable).
In the “Buffer Options” window, select your desired distance and units to determine the size of your buffer zone.
Once your buffer parameters are set, click continue. Your buffer zone will appear around your targeted features and a list of the features that fall within your buffer will be accessible on the left hand side of the window under the “Identify Results” list. You are able to identify multiple layers within a buffer, but for this exercise we just worked with the tax parcels layer to keep things simple.
If you would like help using this feature in your site, reach out to us and step you through the workflow. Good luck–and happy buffering!