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Zoning Districts

Zoning laws establish regulations and requirements controlling the location, construction, modification and use of structures and land within a city. Municipalities generally create zoning districts in order to effectively execute these particular laws. Zoning districts regulate what activities are permitted in different parts of the city. An example of this would be:
  • The City Council may determine that a chemical factory is not within an appropriate building use in a certain location due to proximity of sensitive environmental issues and regulation or residential districts.
Zoning maps are always associated with local zoning laws. The zoning map is usually divided in to different districts and their boundaries which is based on use. The zoning district associated with a property can be found on the map. These classifications determine what type of activity is allowed to occur on the property. We will now explain zoning districts using 2 different areas:

Example 1: City of Minneapolis, Minnesota has several residence, office residence, commercial, downtown, or industrial districts.

Residence Districts

(Single-family, Two-family and Multiple-family District)

Office Residence Districts

(Neighborhood Office, High Density Office and Institutional Office Residence District)

Commercial Districts

C1 – Neighborhood Commercial District
C2 – Neighborhood Corridor Commercial District
C3A – Community Activity Center District
C3S – Community Shopping Center District
C4 – General Commercial District

Downtown Districts

B4 – Downtown Business District
B4S – Downtown Service District
B4C – Downtown Commercial District

Industrial Districts

I1 – Light Industrial District
I2 – Medium Industrial District
I3 – General Industrial District

Example 2: San Francisco Planning Department : Zoning Use District Summaries

  • RC-4 (RESIDENTIAL-COMMERCIAL-COMBINED, HIGH-DENSITY) Districts.
  • C-2 (COMMUNITY BUSINESS) Districts
  • C-3 (DOWNTOWN COMMERCIAL) Districts
  • C-M (HEAVY COMMERCIAL) Districts
  • M-1 AND M-2 (LIGHT AND HEAVY INDUSTRIAL) Districts
  • CHINATOWN RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOOD COMMERCIAL District
  • CHINATOWN COMMUNITY BUSINESS (CCB) District
  • CHINATOWN VISITOR RETAIL District
  • RED (RESIDENTIAL ENCLAVE) Districts
  • RSD (RESIDENTIAL SERVICES) Districts
  • SPD (SOUTH PARK) District
  • SLR (SERVICE/LIGHT INDUSTRIAL/RESIDENTIAL) Districts
  • SLI (SERVICE/LIGHT INDUSTRIAL) Districts
  • SSO (SERVICE/SECONDARY OFFICE) Districts
As you see zoning district classification is dependent upon city regulations, laws, citizens, commercial district and commerce, location, environment and more. No location is an exact duplicate resulting in any two locations being totally different. We recommend buyers of commercial property to conduct a complete zoning due diligence. PZR® is the oldest and most established zoning research company in America and we have good relationships with municipal zoning offices in all states. Zoning due diligence can be a tedious and frustrating process for buyers but PZR® makes it easy for your team. Please visit our zoning services page to get a complete list of our services or call us and The Planning and Zoning Resource Corporation will be happy to help you
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