What is the difference between Planning and Zoning?

Planning is the process of developing and implementing policies for the city’s growth; City planners work collaboratively with other professionals to ensure that the way in which buildings, roads, and parks develop are both attractive and convenient.

Zoning is the legal mechanism that helps enforce policies for the physical development and use of land. Zoning dictates where residential, industrial, recreational, commercial, and other activities can take place. Zoning helps to protect property values and investments.

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1. How can I find the zoning district on my property?
2. What is the process for a zoning change?
3. Can I have a business in my home?
4. Can I operate a group home in a residential zoning district?
5. What types of uses require specific use permit (SUP) approval?
6. What is the difference between Planning and Zoning?