Zoning Practice

Zoning Practice helps guide you as you write and administer smart development codes.

Zoning Practice coverIt's a fact. The zoning problem you're struggling with today has probably already been solved by somebody else. But how can you find out what's working without spending a lot of your valuable time?

Zoning Practice isn't just an interesting read. It's a toolbox chock full of information geared to inform and inspire, and to implement by planners for the purpose of smarter land-use practice.


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September 2015

Water-Smart Development Regulations

Water, or the lack thereof, is always the subject of planning conversation in the arid and growing West. This is not necessarily a new idea, but it is one that has gained in recognition and discussion both inside and outside of planning circles over the past decade. As historic droughts collide with population increases in typically "wet" areas of the county, planning and zoning for water conservation concepts have also taken hold the Midwest and South.

This article explores how communities can better address the use of water through local regulations. It briefly explores how water use can be influenced by pricing and then looks at the range of regulations, particularly in the areas of lot design and landscaping, available at the local level to encourage and require water conservation.

Author Elizabeth Garvin, AICP, is an attorney with Spencer Fane Britt & Browne in Denver. Garvin has more than 20 years of public- and private-sector experience in land development regulations, urban planning, and economic development. She has prepared code update/revision projects for cities and counties across the country; drafted topic-specific code provisions covering topics such as TOD, sustainability, and signs; created plans for redevelopment projects; prepared regional design standards; organized and undertaken public participation processes; and assisted private clients in obtaining development approvals.

August 2015

Effective Zoning Methods for Implementing Plans

Ideally, planning is done to establish a local vision and course of action prior to undertaking zoning amendments aimed at implementing the plan. However, this linear model should not imply that planners disregard zoning during the planning process, or consider it an afterthought. Instead, planners should use the planning process as a way of setting the stage for zoning amendments. Too often, there is a disconnect between a community's vision (i.e., its plan), its rules for development (i.e., its zoning ordinance), and the development that is proposed and built. 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.

Author Douglas Hammel, AICP, is a senior associate with Houseal Lavigne Associates, where he manages projects that span the range of urban planning, design, land use, zoning, and community development. His recent work leverages his 15 years of professional experience in architecture, urban design, land use, and transportation planning to help communities bridge the gap between a vision and regulations that result in a desired end.

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The editors of Zoning Practice welcome proposals from outside contributors, including those who may be writing for the publication for the first time. Contributors need not be professional planners, but they should have superior knowledge of a subject of substantial potential interest to Zoning Practice subscribers. We are especially eager to hear from potential authors with expertise on the following topics:

• Using development regulations to manage noise in mixed-use districts

• Visitability and housing for the aging

• Regulating short-term rentals

• Using zoning to promote walkable, mixed-use districts

• Zoning for healthy communities

• Hydraulic fracturing (aka "fracking") and land-use regulation

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