Zoning Guide for Cities

Informational Memo

Published: September 17, 2019

Zoning Guide for Cities
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See accompanying model documents below.

This material contains general information; it should not be used as a substitute for legal advice. Any attorney general opinions cited in this material are available on request from the League’s Research and Information Service staff.

Learn the framework of municipal zoning and basics of other land use controls available to cities that may complement or be used separately from zoning controls. Examples include conditional use permits (CUP) and variances, overlay districts. Find guidance on zoning ordinance drafting, adoption, administration and enforcement and how zoning works with the city’s comprehensive plan. Use of moratoriums. Legal caution areas such as taking by regulation, following the 60-day rule.

Use these models with the discussion in the “Zoning Guide for Cities”: