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Zoning

Welcome to the Zoning section of FindLaw's Real Estate Center. Zoning ordinances typically divide an area into districts, or zones, where property use must conform to certain criteria.

Communities create zoning codes because they want to create a pleasant place for people to live. Very few people want to live near a huge factory, for instance. Parents may not want a strip club or a cannabis dispensary next to their child's school. But zoning codes also work to encourage development, and they respond to changing demographics. 

As more people want to live closer or even alongside commercial areas and their workplaces, communities increase areas of mixed-use zoning. Some municipalities use zoning codes to encourage greater urban density.

This section provides legal information on zoning classifications, challenges to zoning ordinances, and more.

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