Zoning is the classification of land into districts. The purpose of zoning is to regulate land including the land use, placement, size of buildings, yard requirements and parking. A zoning law consists of two parts:

  • A zoning map shows the boundaries of the various districts; and

  • A written text (called a zoning ordinance) sets forth the regulations applicable to each district.

Zoning regulations must be reasonable and can be imposed to protect and promote the health safety and general welfare of the public. Zoning is the primary means of trying to ensure that land uses are compatible with each other.

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