Digital Zoning Codes and Comprehensive Plans

Zoning Practice — October 2017

By Pete Sullivan, AICP


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There now exist a number of options for planners to present their zoning codes and comprehensive plans in a clear and engaging manner. The article surveys eight options for self-publishing zoning codes and comprehensive plans on the web, and also describes how to evaluate those formats which are best suited to meet the needs of those working in a public-sector agency.

One of the primary goals of this article is to ensure that authors are aware that the choices for digital publishing are not limited to either publishing a static PDF on a website or fully outsourcing document hosting to a third-party vendor.

This edition of Zoning Practice discusses the various options for publishing modern, interactive zoning codes and comprehensive plans in a feature-rich, web-ready format.


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Oct. 1, 2017
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About the Author

Pete Sullivan, AICP
<p>Pete Sullivan, AICP, is a Senior Manager in Durham, North Carolina&rsquo;s City-County Development Services Center, where he is responsible for customer service and quick turn-around zoning approvals. His teams administer development application, payment, and technology systems; provide front line customer service; fulfill property and zoning reports; and issue approvals for small business, land division, and construction. Prior to joining the City, Pete was Senior Associate with Clarion Associates, in Chapel Hill, NC, where he specialized in zoning &amp; land use regulation and digital publication. Pete is the former Co-Chair of the Communications and Public Affairs Committee of the North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA), and an occasional contributor to Planetizen. He has written for Zoning Practice and has been featured as speaker at national and state planning conferences. His project work been recognized by the Washington State Governor&rsquo;s Office, Puget Sound Regional Council and Washington State Chapter of the American Planning Association.</p>