Zoning is among the most far reaching legislative actions a local government can take. All cities in New York and the majority of villages and towns in the state have zoning, which is typically used to separate incompatible uses. Zoning can also be used to channel development and preserve natural resources and community character—contrary to what many think, protection of a great deal of these resources is left to local governments. This course takes a very basic look at zoning and how it can be used to address some of the challenges local governments have encountered in recent years.
This course is 1.5 hours in length.