I need to find out which polygon a series of points fall in. Normally I would do this with an intersect so I can then export the data and process it externally. As the point layer contains some coastal features some points fall outside of the polygon boundaries.

Is it possible to setup a tolerance such that if a value is going to return as null (or falls within a certain distance of a boundary) it returns the value of the nearest polygon?

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    Try Spatial Join with match option closest.
    – Bera
    Commented May 22, 2018 at 8:55
  • This looks like the more appropriate solution. Thank you.
    – user13641
    Commented May 23, 2018 at 11:24

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Alternatively, you could buffer your polygons by the desired amount of tolerance and then intersect. Using joins you can then get the desired information.

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