Generate Near Table - to be made available under the Standard licence

Idea created by Edith_Lendak_LUC on Dec 1, 2015

    Currently the 'Generate Near Table' tool is available only under the Advanced licence. The tool allows the calculation of polygon to polygon distance (many-to-many), which is a task that GIS users need to undertake very regularly, however the price of the Advanced licence is prohibitive for many users. It would be very helpful if this tool could be made available under Standard licence. I have asked this Q from our ESRI rep and was advised to post it here.