Zoning Decisions

Information Memo

Published: March 1, 2021

Zoning Decisions
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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.

Zoning decisions are the source of controversy and confusion in many communities. Understanding a city’s zoning authority and the standards associated with various zoning tools is important in navigating controversy and dispelling confusion. Learn the nature of a city’s decision-making authority and the legal standards associated with variances, conditional use permits, and nonconforming uses.  A graphic of a land use pyramid illustrates levels of city council discretion. Introduces concepts of quasi-judicial decisions and council discretion.