The "Create Locator" GP tool will output a locator where the "Match with no zones" option is set to "NO". This option is not parameterized and the default value is not influenced by the presence or absence of administrative zones in the source data and GP tool configuration. New locators always have this option set to "NO" by default.
This default value of "NO" is contrary to an esri tech support best practice document and results in poor geocoding success when compared with setting the value to "YES".
We automate the creation of locators with a model or python script. In order to significantly improve geocoding success and to follow esri best practices, someone must interactively update each locator and change the "Match with no zones" option from "NO" to "YES". This must be done for each individual locator as well as repeating the process for any composite locator that they participate in.
We would like esri to make this option accessible as a parameter with the "Create Locator" GP tool and if necessary also with the "Create Composite Address Locator", so that output locators do not need to be interactively re-configured in order to follow esri best practices and achieve usable geocoding success. At minimum, the default should be changed to "YES".
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