Zoning Practice — June 2012

Ask the Author

Here are reader questions answered by Lane Kendig author of the June 2012 Zoning Practice article "Avoiding Idiotic Variances."

Question from Paul Thompson, Regional District of Nanaimo, British Columbia:

I read with great interest the section on General Flexibility All Development Forms in the June issue of Zoning Practice. Are you able to provide an example of local government zoning standards that would allow for different forms of development such as clustering, planned and traditional neighbourhood? I would be very interested to see what this actually looks like in a zoning ordinance (or as we call them here bylaws).

Answer from author Lane Kendig:

Here are some codes: Edinburg, Texas; Valparaiso, Indiana; Zackary, Louisiana; Altus, Oklahoma; and Centennial, Colorado.

All these are available at www.zoningplus.com/.

Note: the Indiana statues authorize use variances, which nearly everywhere else is a no-no. Milwaukee's code also has a number of elements designed to eliminate variances.