Zoning is a common device of land use planning used by local governments in most developed nations around the world. The word is derived from the practice of designating permitted uses of land based on mapped zones which separate one set of land use from another.
Zoning regulates the uses to which land may be put and it regulates building height, lot coverage and other similar characteristics. In short, it dictates the use of various areas for particular purposes and its practice goes back to urban planning in some of our most ancient cities round the world.
Its primary purpose is to segregate uses that are thought to be incompatible. In practice, zoning is used to prevent new development from interfering with existing residents or businesses and to preserve the character of a community. It is commonly controlled by county and local local municipalities, but it also sometimes determined or limited by state or national planning authorities or through enabling legislation.
Below you will find links to helpful resources related to zoning in Lake Lure. If you have questions or need assistance, you can always contact our Zoning Administrator or check out the Community Development Department page on this site.