Zoning Guide for Cities

Information Memo

Published: October 9, 2020

Zoning Guide for Cities
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See accompanying model documents below.

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 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”: