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9 Common Types of Zoning

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Since new developments are constantly taking place in Rockford, it has been impacting many land-use laws and zoning policies. For such reasons, you need to know about the common types of zoning in the area to ensure that it doesn’t impact your home’s value.

Understanding Zoning Laws

Zoning has two major functions: administration and enforcement of the Zoning Ordinance. Zoning administration includes the zoning application process for Zoning Map Amendments, Special Use Permits, and Variances requested by property owners or developers. Zoning administration also helps with providing background information and recommendations to the Zoning Board of Appeals on all requests for zoning changes.

There are generally nine common types of zoning in every city, such as:

  1. Residential Zoning: Residential zones often include single-family and suburban homesteads. It may also include apartments, condominium units, and more. Zoning laws typically limit the types of structures allowed in these zoning areas.
  2. Residential Zoning and Home-Based Businesses: These zoning areas may include businesses. Some zoning ordinances prohibit all in-home businesses in residential areas. Others limit the type of business and business hours.
  3. Commercial Zoning: Commercial zoning usually has several categories and depends on the business use of the property, such as office buildings, shopping centers, hotels, certain warehouses, and apartment complexes.
  4. Industrial Zoning: This zoning area is often reserved for specific types of businesses, such as manufacturing plants and storage facilities.
  5. Agricultural Zoning: Agricultural zoning is generally used by communities that are concerned about maintaining the economic viability of the agricultural industry. It may include farming communities and more.
  6. Rural Zoning: The "rural" zoning district is often used for farms or ranches. In certain parts of the country, this class includes residences zoned to allow horses or cattle.
  7. Combination Zoning: Combination zoning often has a mixture of zoning types, such as industrial zoning combined with commercial zoning.
  8. Historic Zoning: Homes and buildings over fifty years old are included in historic zoning. There are zoning regulations that prevent changing structures from the original conditions. But there are allowances for repair and restoration in keeping with the historical plan.
  9. Aesthetic Zoning: Increasingly popular in upscale communities, aesthetic zoning covers color schemes, landscaping, fencing, and more.

If your property is incorrectly zoned or the city is attempting to enforce new zoning in your area, contact our Rockford real estate attorneys today at (815) 987-4050 for guidance!

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