Creating rectangle over a buffer circle with specified angles/rotation?

12-01-2012 03:39 PM
New Contributor
Hello everyone,

I have a layer that is a circle buffer around a point. What I want to do is create a rectangle around the circle, but have every rectangle be perfectly lined up N/S (0degrees of angle/rotation). I have tried using Minimum Bounding Geometry, but the rectangles are all rotated a little different each time instead of all being the same. Is there any way to do this?

Thank you for the help.
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Frequent Contributor
What you want is Feature Envelope to Polygon - this geoprocessing tool requires the ArcInfo (Desktop Advanced) license---

Feature Envelope To Polygon (Data Management)
Resource Center » Professional Library » Geoprocessing » Geoprocessing tool reference » Data Management toolbox » Features toolset

Or, if you don't have that license level for Desktop, then there is a 'square buffer' script example here (scroll down to "Example: Using SearchCursor and InsertCursor to create square buffers")---

Writing geometries
Resource Center » Professional Library » Geoprocessing » Geoprocessing with Python » Accessing geographic data in Python
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by Esri Regular Contributor
Esri Regular Contributor
The ENVELOPE option in Minimum Bounding Geometry tool should give you the N-S squares for the circular buffers; this option requires the ArcInfo (Desktop Advanced) license.
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