I input firms' coordinates in the arcgis and want to calculate the distance of firms to the nearest polyline feature (roads). I am having a problem grasping the unit of near_dist value. All of them are in hundredth or thousandth like .00475. Most likely the value is expressed in the coordinate system. But I would like them to be shown as in the metric system.
ArcGis has a help file that mentions you need to change the method parameter from planar to geodesic and that conversion will give you an near_dist value in meters.
But I am really having trouble to find the method parameter setting. Can anyone walk me through how to find it. I am using ArcMap 10.2 and windows 32-bit.