Is Zoning Obsolete?
5 Pages Posted: 28 Jul 2011
Date Written: July 27, 2011
In the view of most concerned professionals, zoning legislation is a necessary bulwark against chaos in urban land use. Without zoning, it is contended, external diseconomies will abound: pickle works will come to rest cheek-by-jowl with single family homes; glue factories beside country clubs; and oil refineries in close proximity to restaurants. Moreover, it is feared that rapacious land developers will erect, profit from, and then abandon buildings, placing undue strain on the capacities of municipal services. Further, the unzoned city will be one of haphazard construction, falling property values, instability, disregard for neighborhood "character," irrational allocation of property - and a haven for unscrupulous speculators.
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