I want to use ArcGIS Desktop to merge adjacent polygons with each other.
There is no common field between the polygons and hence the Dissolve tool is not the ideal solution. The polygons that I want to merge together are either adjacent or are within a certain distance of each other.
I want to avoid using ArcObjects. However, Python scripts are welcome.
The Dissolve tool merges adjacent polygons when the attribute on which to dissolve is left out (and create multipart is disabled). However, it does not have settings for spatial tolerance. Furthermore, dissolve does not work on polygons that have just a vertex in common.
I have tried the approach with the integrate tool as mentioned in one of the answers. The problem is that the shape of the final feature that is getting created by integrating several feature is not like the shape that would have been formed if the boundaries between the features were dissolved.