Do We Still Need Zoning?

Edward T. McMahon of ULI looks back at the 85 years since the Euclid vs. Ambler decision created zoning as we know it. Ed says zoning is still an essential tool.

Despite "anti-government activists" who think that zoning is equivalent to socialism, McMahon says zoning is still "a means to an end":

"It can be used constructively as a positive force for community good or it can be misused. Zoning is what you make of it. It works best when it is based on a community vision and closely tied to a comprehensive plan. At its best, zoning can provide the marketplace with predictability and certainty. It can protect critical natural resources and it can raise property values."

Full Story: Zoning at 85

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