Planning and Zoning 101

Information Memo

Published: March 1, 2021

Planning and Zoning 101
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This content conveys general information. Do not use it as a substitute for legal advice. Any attorney general opinions cited are available from the League’s Research staff.

Learn the basics of why and how cities engage in land use planning and regulation, and why local officials should take time to carefully and conscientiously create land use laws. Tools discussed include comprehensive land use plans and zoning ordinances, including the use of zoning districts and maps. Find a graphic of a land use pyramid illustrating levels of city council discretion to decide at various stages in these processes.