Local government laws controlling the use and development of land within a jurisdiction. More throughly, zoning is the Police Power regulations that govern the use and development of land, buildings, and structures. Zoning regulations are different than other types of regulations because zoning regulations may vary in different areas of the community (called Zoning Districts). In Vermont, a municipality establishes zoning by enacting a Bylaw that may permit, prohibit, restrict, regulate, and determine land development, including (1) specific uses of land, water courses and other bodies of water, (2) dimensions, location, erection, construction, repair, maintenance, alternation, razing, removal and = use of structures, (3) areas and dimensions of land and bodies of water to be occupied by uses and structures, as well as areas, courts, yards and other open spaces and distances to be left unoccupied by uses and structures, and (4) the timing or sequence of growth, density of population, and intensity of use. See 24 VSA 4411 to 4414.

CCRPC February 17, 2016