Zoning for Temporary Land Uses

Zoning Practice — February 2019

By Patrick Sloan, AICP


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Temporary land uses are in every community. Whether they take the form of a garage sale in a residential neighborhood, a farm stand in a rural area, or a sidewalk sale in a downtown (just to name a few), all communities face the same challenge: How can seemingly reasonable uses be permitted on a temporary basis while also ensuring that the zoning regulations protect public safety and the character of the area?

This edition of Zoning Practice explores many common types of temporary uses, describes why reasonable zoning regulations and procedures are appropriate, and provides recommendations for temporary use zoning provisions.


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Feb. 1, 2019
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Patrick Sloan, AICP