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Populating pt file with different polygon attributes

March 26 2009 | 0 comments
Categories: ArcGIS Methods, Map Data

I have a section polygon layer with the legal description in its attributes. I have a point file that I would like to populate with the legal description of the section that it falls into. What is the best way to do this? There are about 50 section polygons merged together, each with it's own unique legal description.

Also - I created the point layer with polygon to point and noticed that when I check the "inside" button sometimes it doesn't really put it in the "center" of the irregular ploygon. If I uncheck it, it may put it on the outside of the polygon and I definately cannot have that. Is there anyway to force it to pick the absolute centroid of the polygon or is it already doing that?

Please see my attachement for examples.

Mapping Center Answer:

The Identity tool will do what you need to attach the point attributes to the polygons.

On the centroid issue, there unfortunately is no better answer.  Irregular polygons, or multipart polygons, don't have easily defineable centroids.  If the issue is that some of those "centroids" are too close to the edges of polygons, then you can try also converting the polygons to lines, and then select by location any points that are within a small buffer distance of the lines, which will identify the points that you may want to manually move or check later.

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