**Scaling Polygons using Latitude and Longitude**

August 08 2010 |
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Map Data

I have project where I need to take a polygon on a map and draw a shape around it that is X number of feet. Is this possible to be calculated?

### Mapping Center Answer:

An easy way to do this is to set the properties of the data frame to a coordinate sytem that uses feet (e.g., State Plane), draw the polygon in the data frame and then use the drawing toolbar to draw the shape around the polygon. Once you have drawn the shape, you can modify its dimensions to get the units you need. (e.g. a square of 100 ft. on each side to make a 100 sq. ft. polygon or a circle that is 100 sq. ft. so its radius is 5.64 ft. - or the diameter is 11.28). Once you've drawn the polygon, right click the data frame and select the Convert Graphics to Features option. Note that you will likely be then saving the polygon you draw in the coordinate system of the data frame, so if you project it to some other coordinate system, the shape of the feature will change.

**buffer tool?**posted by Christopher Johanson on Aug 24 2010 1:53PM

**Buffer will work for ellipses**posted by Aileen Buckley on Aug 24 2010 5:26PM

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Shape Changeposted by Branden Allmon on Aug 10 2010 5:23PM