Content tagged "zoning and land use regulation"

Zoning Board of Adjustment: Roles and Responsibilities

Community Planning and Zoning Updated: December 14, 2015

Understanding Boards of Adjustment in terms of Appeals, Interpretations,Variances,and Discretionary decisions.

The Purpose of the Comprehensive Land Use Plan

Community Planning and Zoning Updated: December 09, 2015

The comprehensive plan, also known as a general plan, master plan or land-use plan, is a document designed to guide the future actions of a community.

Conflicts of Interest in Land Use Decision-Making

Community Planning and Zoning Updated: October 01, 2015

Elected and appointed officials involved in land-use decision making must...

Elements of a Comprehensive Plan

Community Planning and Zoning Updated: July 11, 2013

What does the comprehensive plan contain? In some states the contents of a comprehensive plan are mandated by enabling legislation, while in others the...

Nonconforming Uses, aka "Grandfathered Uses" in Zoning

Community Planning and Zoning Updated: July 10, 2013

A nonconforming use is generally defined as a land use or structure that was legal when established but does not conform to the standards of the current...

Accessory Uses in Zoning

Community Planning and Zoning Updated: July 10, 2013

Generally, zoning ordinances state that landowners may use their land for a principal permitted use and for activities that are accessory to that...

Ex parte Contacts

Community Planning and Zoning Updated: July 09, 2013

An ex parte communication occurs when a board member in a quasi-judicial proceeding communicates, directly or indirectly, with any person or party in...

Conservation Subdivisions - An Alternative to Western Ranchettes

Community Planning and Zoning Updated: July 03, 2013

Making the CaseWhile the WPR region is known for its vast and picturesque open spaces, high mountain ranges, deserts, and grasslands, other issues and trends...

Due Process Considerations in Zoning

Community Planning and Zoning Updated: May 05, 2010

The concept of Due Process in the United States flows from the Bill of Rights, as expressed by Amendment V to the U.S. Constitution: “…no person shall be…...

Permitted Uses, aka "Use by Right"

Community Planning and Zoning Updated: May 05, 2010

The term ‘Use by Right’ refers to a property owner’s use of property and structures in manners consistent with that which is listed as permissible in the...

Legislative vs. Quasi-judicial decisions

Community Planning and Zoning Updated: May 05, 2010

Almost all planning and zoning decisions made by local zoning boards, commissions, and elected officials fall into one of two categories: legislative...

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