ZONE/ZONING RETOTD Episode 00171

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ZONE/ZONING

The designation of specific areas by a local planning authority within a given jurisdiction for the purpose of legally defining land use or land use categories. A specific area within a municipality or other jurisdiction which conforms to certain guidelines regarding the use of property in the zone. Typical zones include single-family, multi-family, industrial, commercial and mixed-use. The local laws dividing cities or counties into different zones according to allowed uses, from single-family residential to commercial to industrial. Mixed-use zones are also used. Zoning ordinances control the size, location, and use of buildings within these different areas and have a profound effect on traffic, health, and livability. You’ll need to look into zoning laws if you’re hoping to change the use of the home you buy, for example by adding a rental unit or running a home-based business.

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