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date: 11 July 2020

Zoning in 20th-century American Cities 

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Urban History
Author(s):
Christopher SilverChristopher Silver

Zoning is the exercise of public control over private property through a legal instrument available to local government to regulate real property, including buildings and structures, by designating districts according the nature and extent of their use. Zoning is intended to enable orderly growth of a city, town, village, or county according to a framework for development that seeks to ensure that incompatible uses do not undermine the quality or value of real property. Local governments determine the character of the real property within their jurisdictions and its fitness for particular uses in accordance with a master plan. The comprehensive approach to designating districts as residential, commercial, and industrial avoids the problem of arbitrary exercise of government power. Zoning emerged early in the ... ...

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