Extract raster area summary for a number of polygons

Discussion created by jgairns on Apr 24, 2012
Latest reply on Apr 25, 2012 by JSwain-esristaff
Hi All,

This seems like an incredibly basic function, yet I have not found anything yet. Could be the search terms I am using.

I have a polygon layer with a number of shapes (land ownership polygons; each polygon maps to a specific owner).
I have a thematic raster layer (land cover classification, actually). This layer exists as a polygon layer too, just in case.

I want to query the land cover (raster or polygon) and calculate the area (or even % of the polygon) of each land cover class that occurs in each polygon. The output should be something like:
OwnerPoly1 = 45.3ha wheat; 12ha barley
OwnerPoly2 = 61.2ha wheat; 1.4ha barlet
... and so on

I tried Spatial Analyst -> Zonal -> Tabulate Area is what I want, but it doesn't seem to work.
I tried GME, but it doesn't seem to work.

Any suggestions? I feel very noobish in asking this, but nothing seems to work.

Many Thanks (in advance)