What are typical buffer zone widths?

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.


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