Effective Zoning Methods for Implementing Plans

Zoning Practice — August 2015

By Douglas Hammel


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This article introduces several considerations that can help planners prepare zoning amendments to better bridge the gap between community vision and the realized built environment.


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Aug. 1, 2015
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About the Author

Douglas Hammel
Doug Hammel, AICP, has almost 20 years of professional experience in urban design, land use planning, zoning, architectural design, and transportation planning. He has worked as a consultant on projects throughout the United States, and has recently transitioned to a municipal role as Development Manager for the Village of Lincolnwood, Illinois, a community of 13,000 residents immediately north of the City of Chicago. Doug has an educational background in architecture and urban planning, and has assisted communities in the areas of comprehensive planning, subarea planning, zoning and design guidelines, code enforcement, and building review. Early in his career, he enjoyed helping communities “think big”, while his new venture into municipal planning is helping him understand and tackle the challenges of on-the-ground implementation of plans.