So what I'm trying to do is join the municipal parcel layer with the zoning layer (using ArcEditor). So far I've been able to join the two layers using the Spatial Join function (one to one) using the "Intersects" matching option. The problem I'm having is the fact that many parcels have multiple zones (i.e. many zones are zoned Residential but are also zoned Environmental Protection where watercourses exist). The resulting attribute table for the joined layer lists parcels and their corresponding zones and if they have more than one zone, they are listed multiple times along with each different zone. My problem is that bordering zones are also included when they should not be. This is most likely due to the fact that the spatial join was based on an "Intersects" fuction. However, I've tried it with the "Contains" and "Is_Within" match option but neither produce results better than the Intersects option.
I've also thought about the possibility of converting the parcel layer into points, but that would not address the issue of multiple zones present in certain parcels since only the zones where the point is contained in would be joined.
I do not want to end up filling in the zones manually for obvious reasons. I have a feeling it should be a lot easier than I'm making it out to be. Does anyone have any suggestions? Please, I'm dying here...hah