Rural Zoning

Zoning Practice — November 2008

By Thomas Daniels


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Villages hold a special place in America's heritage. The classic New England village, with its treelined streets, village green, and houses close to the street, suggests a slower pace, a sense of community, and the ability to walk to shops, schools, and playgrounds. But for most Americans, the village is a nostalgic tourist attraction rather than a place to live and work.

In the 1990s, new urbanists cited the village as their model for redeveloping cities and building new suburbs. Yet there was little effort to use zoning and other planning techniques to revive villages in rural areas or to protect villages within expanding metropolitan regions.

This issue of Zoning Practice explores how zoning can reinforce the compact pattern, human scale, mixed use, and pedestrian-friendly aspects of village life.


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Nov. 1, 2008
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Thomas Daniels