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How To: Buffer multiple rings for each polygon in a contiguous group of polygons

Summary

When using the ArcMap Buffer Wizard to buffer polygons with multiple rings, users can select to dissolve or not dissolve polygons before buffering. If selecting to dissolve, then the contiguous polygons are buffered as if they were a single polygon.

Procedure

Set the dissolve option on the final pane of the ArcMap Buffer Wizard.
[O-Image] Buffer Wizard Dissolve Options

Click here to see an example of multiple ring buffers using the dissolve option.

These ring buffers were created in the ArcMap Buffer Wizard with the dissolve option.

[O-Image] Multiple ring buffers with dissolve

Click here to see an example of multiple ring buffers without using the dissolve option.

These ring buffers were created in the ArcMap Buffer Wizard without the dissolve option.

[O-Image] Multiple ring buffers without dissolve

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