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Why is city zoning so complicated?

Way back when zoning came into practice, it was to help keep commercial uses away from residential so as to provide a certain atmosphere and consistency. Beyond that, city zoning created a new form of control and policy building around issues like the environment, preservation, trends in lifestyle and more. 

City zoning is truly unique. No two cities have the exact set of zoning districts or rules.

There are zoning districts for a certain kind of use such as "residential" or "mixed-use." Some zoning districts are layered to help guide a developer with incentives for building a certain type of product. Other zoning districts are meant to discourage development and focus on protecting the land or an existing structure with historic importance.

Then there are the districts with guidelines or requirements for building design, affordable housing and/or landscaping.

Additionally, there are properties that have unique circumstances and cities that decide it is important to rezone and set up new rules.

City zoning evolves and changes. With each zoning permit that requires a vote, an interpretation is created. It is also worth noting the rules are written by lawyers and land use consultants.

Our patent-pending process for standardizing zoning is meant to add order to a subject that is neither straightforward nor easy to understand.

Don't assume

Knowing city zoning can mean more than meets the eye. Here's why you shouldn't assume or skip getting city zoning.

Why zoning changes

Population increases are at the forefront for why zoning is changing in major US cities. In many cases, the land is upzoned.

Make money

More information is better than less when it comes to real estate investing. Money can be made by knowing zoning.