Have you ever wanted to find something within a boundary? Maybe find all the parcels in a voting ward, or all the manholes within a basin? In your GIS, one way to accomplish this is using the buffer tool. Read on to find out how.
Here’s a scenario: I want a list of all the parcels in zoning class B-4.
First, set parcels to be the only identifiable layer so the buffer results won’t include other data. Then let’s use the query tool to select all zoning areas where the zoning code is B-4.
With the results of the zoning query, choose Show Buffer Options from the results menu.
Here’s the trick: enter a value of -0.1 for the buffer distance. This will buffer inside the zoning areas and select only the parcels where some or all of the parcel is inside the zoning area.
When saving the results to a collection, a marker will be displayed for every parcel selected by the buffer, and you’ll have a list of all B-4 zoned parcels.