Cell tower fun! Fitting buffer polygons inside of  parcel polygons

Discussion created by Gregs66 on Sep 6, 2011
Latest reply on Sep 8, 2011 by dlee-esristaff
So here's the challenge; find all the parcels in our county bigger than 7 acres that could accomodate a cell tower that needs 225' radius (circle) to fall completly within the parcel boundary. Seems simple right? Find the centroid of the parcel, create a buffer polygon  with a 225' radius then do a select by location.
Yea...right...except not all of our parcels are nice little boxes or circles! We have some crazy parcel shapes and when the centroid is calculated sometimes the circle falls outside the parcel boundary, but, if it was moved to its 'best fit' location it would fall easily within the parcel boundary. Is there a tool or workflow that can polygons to fit completly inside of other polygons? See the attached image.

Thanks a heap.