The Department of Public Works would like to know how many properties in the city have a sidewalk at both the front and back. To get at this, I'm looking for a method to find parcels with frontage on more than one road. I'm working in ArcInfo 9.3.1 (file geodatabase). I'm looking for a solution that doesn't require scripting or downloading other tools. Street centerlines and parcel polygons are available; there is no sidewalk layer.
Using some of the ideas from this forum, I have developed and tested a process. Some of the results are puzzling (corner lots may or may not be included in the final results-I think DPW doesn't want corner lots included) and I'm concerned about scaling it up to the full 42000 parcels (I tested 1223 parcels). Are there steps to add to this method to improve the results? Is there another way to accomplish the same thing that could be more automated through model builder?
- Run Feature to Line tool on parcel polygons feature class (two lines are created for boundaries shared by polygons and lines retain parcel id)
- Build a geodatabase topology with this newly created parcel line feature class using the rule “must not have overlaps” then validate topology (interior lines will be in error)
- In ArcMap, add topology and feature class and open error inspector then search for errors > select all errors > right click > select features > delete (to delete interior lines)
- Run Frequency on remaining features in parcel line feature class with parcel id as frequency field – select records in table where Frequency > 1 and export to new table
- Join Frequency>1 table to parcel polygons based on parcel id, keeping only matching records – export join results