Fences: a Community Divided Essay

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Fences: A Community Divided PUB 670 GS Public Planning and Change Management By: Terry K. Suggs March 20, 2013 Zoning is a restriction on the way that land can be used. It allows governments to control the development of communities and ensure they are functional and safe places. Without zoning, a gun store could open up next to a school, an adult club next to a playground, and a busy store on your residential street. Zoning prevents these things from happening and by doing so; it protects property values and ensures communities work in an orderly fashion. Elected officials serve as the local governing body and perform multiple roles in the planning process. The governing body controls local planning and zoning programs. Elected officials also function as decision makers when adopting changes to land use ordinances. In some cities, local governing bodies also have final say on development approvals. More broadly, governing bodies have a critical role in setting the community’s agenda. Given the importance of the comprehensive plan in identifying community goals and objectives and how these will be accomplished it makes sense for the governing body to be more than a mere spectator to the comprehensive planning process. This involvement, ideally, will translate into a sense of ownership and commitment to the plans and ordinances that result from this process. The government, usually a local municipality sets the zoning rules and regulations for any given area. There may be a number of different classifications set up under these zoning laws. For example, an area may be zoned residential. There are also different types of residential zoning, some residential zones allow for single family homes, while others allow for apartments and townhouses or mixed housing. And within the zoning categories are subsets, if you will, of allowable and non

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