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The Use Variance: Zoning Savior or Annihilator?

November 2020

This edition of Zoning Practice reviews the history of the use variance, with a special focus on how states and local communities have refined their approaches in response to key court decisions. And it highlights approval criteria and procedures that Memphis and Shelby County, Tennessee, and other communities use to curb use variance abuses.


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  • Using zoning to promote racial equity
  • Recent trends in small town and rural area zoning
  • The effects of demographic or technological change on land-use demand