Zoning Ordinance Introduction




  • Zoning can protect and enhance property values.
  • Zoning can help to implement the community goals and objectives of a comprehensive plan.
  • Zoning can conserve existing neighborhoods.
  • Zoning can preserve existing structures.
  • Zoning can prevent the mixing of incompatible land uses (such as erotic dance clubs and schools).
  • Zoning can allow potential nuisance uses to be located away from residential neighborhoods or other sensitive areas.
  • Zoning can provide for better lot arrangement. Zoning can protect recreational areas and open space.
  • Zoning can conserve environmentally sensitive areas.
  • Zoning can insure the availability of an adequate number of parking spaces.
  • Zoning can guarantee adequate light, air, and privacy to new homes.
  • Most importantly, zoning gives the community some control over its land uses, appearance, and quality of life in the future.
  • Zoning requires that all involved property owners relinquish some of their individual property freedoms for the common good.
  •  Zoning can discourage some development in some locations.
  • Zoning can increase the cost of building new structures.
  • Zoning can work against historic mixed use neighborhoods in older communities.
  • To a certain extent, zoning limits the development potential of previously existing land uses and structures that do not conform with the zoning’s standards.
  • Properly enforcing a zoning ordinance involves a long-term commitment to a certain level of community spending.  



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