Selecting features that are between two buffers/polygons

04-29-2021 09:14 AM
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I am trying to find an analysis tool that will let me see points that fall between two buffers or polygons. Lets say I have 2 buffers...quarter mile and half mile. 


I would want to see my points that are between a quarter mile and a half mile from my site. Ideally I would like to separate these points from the rest of my data as a separate feature (sorta like I clipped them). 

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MVP Esteemed Contributor

I suggest using the Select By Location tool to select points within .5 mile, then run it again with "remove from selection" for points within 0.25 mile.

MVP Frequent Contributor

Sorry, I took longer to type, didn't mean to repeat your advice/solution.

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You could use Multiple Ring Buffer (Analysis)—ArcGIS Pro | Documentation specifying your 1/4, 1/2 mile distances and selecting 'ALL' as the dissolve option.

You can then select the 1/4 - 1/2 ring and use that in 'select by location' for our points, or just delete the inner ring.

You could also use the standard buffer tool, create a 1/2 mile buffer, create a 1/4 mile buffer, then use the Erase tool to create the same ring.

You could possibly also use the select by location tool straight way, select Within A Distance of 1/2 mile from your features, then do the same again on the selected features with 1/4 mile but with 'remove from selection' specified.