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    Mike Louwrens
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    Question Polygons in Address Locator

    I have used a polygon layer in my Address Locator, however this is still treated like points when I use the Address Inspector on the geocoding toolbar in ArcMap. If I click in a large polygon the address inspector finds the closest polygon centroid to where I clicked (even if that centroid is NOT in the polygon I clicked in). Is there a way to force my address locator to use the polygon I click in, or nearest if I click where there is no polygon?

    See screenshots - I click in three places all within the same polygon (selected polygon in screenshot). In two of them, the centre of a different polygon was nearer where I click, so it has offered that address, rather than the address of the polygon I've click in. To me it would make more sense that if something is within a parcel it should get the address of that parcel, not another one nearby?

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    Mike Louwrens | Spatial Asset Specialist
    Tauranga City Council |

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    Matthew Oelschlegal
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    Default Re: Polygons in Address Locator


    Simply put the address inspector picks the centroid closest to the point where you clicked and, even if the target is a polygon, it acts like a point. You can change the search distance by right-clicking once you have the address inspector tool in use. This can help solve the problem of pointing to a centroid outside the polygon you have clicked in but will not help pick a centroid if you click somewhere that a polygon doesn't exist. Unfortunately, you can't have it both ways.


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