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Rethinking Conventional Zoning

land use regulation can be improved through increased flexibility. This flexibility must be accompanied by sound community-based criteria for case-by-case land use decision making. The concepts underlying flexible zoning are not radical or new. They…

Comprehensive Plans

Comprehensive Plans

Joel Russell Too frequently communities plunge into an exhaustive comprehensive planning process without first completing a much quicker “diagnostic study.” Joel Russell explores what’s involved in doing a diagnostic study, and how it can better…

Our Contributing Writers

Our Contributing Writers

…written multiple articles for the Planning Commissioners Journal. Our thanks especially to: Joel Russell; Wendy Grey; Carolyn Braun; Gwendolyn Hallsmith; Otis White; Randall Arendt; Ilene Watson; and the late Jack McCall. You can find their…

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Overlay Zoning to Protect Surface Waters

of non-point pollution by ignoring the impacts of nearby development. For example, if a lot has a stream running through the rear yard, a large minimum front setback (required under the zoning district regulations) might…