Zoning Issues

MMD can assist in the rezoning process, if you wish to change what is currently in place, for your particular project.

Zoning describes the control by government of the use of land, and of the buildings thereon.  Areas of land are divided by appropriate authorities into zones within which various uses are permitted.  Thus, zoning is a technique of land-use planning and a tool of urban planning, used by local governments.  The word is derived from the practice of designating mapped zones which regulate the use, form, design and compatibility of development. Legally, a zoning plan is usually enacted as a by-law with the respective procedures.

There are a great variety of zoning types, some of which focus on regulating building form and the relation of buildings to the street with mixed-uses, known as form-based, others with separating land uses, known as use-based or a combination thereof.  Similar urban planning methods have dictated the use of various areas for particular purposes in many cities from ancient times.
The primary purpose of zoning is to segregate uses that are thought to be incompatible. In practice, zoning also is used to prevent new development from interfering with existing uses and/or to preserve the “character” of a community.