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Is Land-use planning and Zoning the same?
Land-use planning often leads to land-use regulations, also known as zoning, but they are not one and the same. Land-use planning means the systematic assessment and research of physical, social and economic factors in such a way as to encourage and assist land users increase the sustainable and appropriate use of the land and meet the needs of society. Land-use planning also serves as a bridge between the Comprehensive Plan and current Zoning regulations to reflect and update the Comprehensive Plan to meet the community’s vision. As a tool for implementing land-use plans, zoning regulates the types of activities that can be accommodated on a given piece of land, the amount of space devoted to those activities, and the ways that buildings may be placed and shaped.

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1. Is Land-use planning and Zoning the same?
2. What is the relationship between the Comprehensive Plan and the Zoning Ordinance?
3. How do I obtain a copy of the Comprehensive Plan?