Types of Zoning

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Adding a Buffer Zone to Your Property

Mostly used by local governments and land developers, buffer zoning is a technique used to create some space (both literally and figuratively) between two different buildings or properties. Buffer zoning is commonly used when putting two specific buildings or types of buildings right next to each other would cause annoyance to the people living in the buildings.

Mostly used by local governments and land developers, buffer...

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The Subdivision Process in Property Development

A subdivision is a parcel of land divided from a larger area; the purpose is to take a large tract and split it into smaller ones that are easier to develop and that can be developed independently of one another, increasing growth and maximizing use of space. This also speeds the process of zoning and selling off the land, and results in a fully completed area, albeit one that is divided into various smaller areas.

A subdivision is a parcel of land divided from a larger area...

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Community Control Through Aesthetic Zoning

Aesthetic zoning is the process of zoning a specific area to create a certain aesthetic look; in other words, it's a process by which a community adopts certain zoning regulations for property within its boundaries in order to focus on the beauty of the area. Aesthetic zoning regulations are limited in nature and must follow various guidelines, designed to improve the appearance of the area and create a cohesive look.

Aesthetic zoning is the process of zoning a specific area to...

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Down Zoning

Down zoning is the process by which an area of land is rezoned to a usage that is less dense and less “developed” than its previous usage. This is typically done in order to limit sprawl and overgrowth of cities to help concentrate areas of development into smaller sections to keep from over-zoning a community.

Down zoning is the process by which an area of land is rezon...

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Contract Zoning

Contract zoning occurs when a particular area which is zoned for one type of development is rezoned to another classification based on an agreement between the government and the party that will be using the land. In other words, if an area's zoning code is for residential use but a business wants to make use of it as commercial land, it would be considered contract zoning if the government rezoned the area as commercial based on an agreement by the business to restrict their use to avoid uses objectionable to the public.

Contract zoning occurs when a particular area which is zoned...

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