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."