What are typical buffer zone widths?
August 19, 2012 Leave a comment
Buffer zones are mandated by land use regulations to either protect the area enclosed by the buffer zone or to minimize impact of certain facilities or activities within a region on the surrounding areas.
Buffer widths vary depending on the purpose of the buffer zone. For example, a typical riparian buffer zone is 100 ft wide. Please read this article to see how local governments define wetland buffers for protecting wildlife.
Land-use buffer zones are created to minimize potential adverse effects of certain land uses on other land uses. For example, residential structures may be prohibited within 1000 ft around a sewage treatment plant.
What if the required buffer width is different along different sections of a boundary? The Buffer – Distance – Area application for iPad and iPhone will let you set different buffer widths (called Intervals) for different segments of a Line Feature or an Area Feature. It also provides a Division tool to enable you to delineate the exact outline of the desired buffer area, such as to square out the end cap around a terminal point.