Zoning Laws And Zoning Ordinance Regulations

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Zoning definition - Zoning is the exercise of the police power that governs where and how land may be used and developed. The purpose of zoning is to protect and further the public health, safety and welfare and it lawful exercise maybe go beyond these objectives. [IICLE, Illinois Municipal Law Section 2.2]
Zoning divides a jurisdiction into a number of zones or land-use districts. A zoning ordinance consists of both a text and a map. The text establishes the zoning districts and details regulations applicable to each district and land use. The map designates the location and boundaries of each zone created by the text. Id.
Zoning ordinance regulations most often take the form of maximum or minimum standards; for example, minimum lot
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As a result, developers must interact with the local governments legislative and/or administrative bodies.

3. Subdivision Approvals
Subdivision regulations are directed toward two purposes: (a) to ensure that development is provided adequate infrastructure such as water, sewers, streets, and sidewalks; and (b) to facilitate real estate conveyancing by imposing standards for the platting of land (requiring a survey to show streets, blocks, and lots in a subdivision and the recording of the survey). Subdivisions must, however, comply with the requirements of the zoning ordinance. Subdivision may be achieved by one of the following methods:
• Parcel Map
• Tract Map
• Vesting Map
4. Site Specific Permits - If the proposed development does not comply with existing zoning codes, then rezoning or zone change is required for approval.

• Conditional Use Permits (CUP) - certain uses of land may only be allowed upon approval of a CUP. Uses that often require a CUP include schools, hospitals and group homes.

• Variances - used to avoid restrictions imposed by the zoning code.

• Design Review - Sometimes required before issuing building permits.

5. Environment review (where applicable)
b. Time required for each step - The initial start up process will take thousands of hours for conceptual design and development. The initial design, municipal approval process for a master plan project can take anywhere from 6 months to 2 years,
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