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I have a parcel shp and a lake shp.

How to calculate the distance between the parcel polygon and the lake?

I do not want to use the measure ruler tool in ArcGIS Desktop 10.2.

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    Use near analysis, it will populate parcels table with near_dist. – FelixIP Jun 13 '18 at 19:47
  • You can use Generate Near Analysis because it calculate all the distances not just the closest feature – Moh Jun 13 '18 at 19:49
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You can use Generate Near Table, which will use FIDs to relate your two polygons. e.g. parcel_poly can be the IN_FID and lake_poly can be the OUT_FID, or vice versa. I believe the general Near tool would also work, but the output will not be a standalone table.

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