I have a point feature class that consists of a systematic grid of points across a landscape. I also have a shapefile consisting of several polygons. For each point in the feature class, I'd like to calculate the distance to the nearest polygon edge.
It seems like one of those things that shouldn't be too difficult, but I've investigated countless potential solutions/similar questions on StackExchange as well as Google and have yet to come up with a solution that fits my needs. Some solutions have suggested converting vertices to points and then estimating point to point distance, but I fear that vertices alone aren't an accurate representation of edge (especially since these polygons have a large extent and are rectangular in shape).
I am using ArcGIS 10.2 for Desktop.