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Simplifying Complex Zoning Code

Learn drafting, illustration and presentation techniques that will improve how zoning codes are understood by all affected stakeholders.

Zoning is a complicated topic. Zoning codes are encyclopedic on coverage, and are governed by a complex web of state and federal statutes and constitutional principles. In addition, zoning codes are used by a variety of stakeholders, from attorneys and engineers representing applicants, to elected official and appointed planning commissioners, to the general public. Given this array of legal principles and users, what can we do to make zoning codes easier to use and understand? Fortunately, there are a variety of techniques to simplify zoning codes, including better writing, graphics, and technology. This topic will provide drafting, illustration and presentation techniques that will improve how zoning codes are understood by all affected stakeholders.

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Agenda

Overview

  • What Is a Zoning Code?
  • Trends in Simplification

Why Simplify Your Zoning Codes?

  • Improve Public Access and Understanding of Codes for All Audiences
  • Improve Administration
  • Improve Long-Term Maintenance of the Code

The Technical Trap - Why Are Zoning Codes so Complex?

  • Zoning Codes Are Comprehensive and Technical
  • Legalese
  • Bad Organization
  • Poor Drafting

Legal Principles

  • Vagueness
  • Overbreadth
  • Codification

Simplification Tools

  • Know Your Audience
  • Factors to Consider (Planning Basis, Staffing, Code Types)
  • Logical Organizing
  • Good Drafting Practices
  • Graphics
  • Technology

Preparing Your Simplified Zoning Code for Public Use

  • Public Outreach
  • Training
  • Style Setting
  • Ongoing Maintenance
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This course was last revised on November 1, 2019.

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  • AICP 1.5
     
  • This course has been approved by the American Planning Association for 1.5 hours of CM credit for AICP members.
     

This program does NOT qualify, nor meet the National Standard for NASBA accreditation.

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  • Arizona CLE 1.5
     
  • CA MCLE 1.5
     
  • CT CLE 1.5
     
  • HI CLE 1.5
     
  • IL CLE 1.5
     
  • ME CLE 1.5
     
  • MT CLE 1.5
     
  • NJ CLE 1.8
     
  • NV CLE 1.5
     
  • VT CLE 1.5
     
  • WA CLE 1.5
     
  • WV MCLE 1.8
     
The CLE Code is ONLY a requirement when applying for CLE Credit in California (for participatory credit), Kansas, New Jersey or New York. Other states do not need to supply the CLE Code to apply for CLE credit.

This program does NOT qualify, nor meet the National Standard for NASBA accreditation.

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  • Arizona CLE 1.5
     
  • CA MCLE 1.5
     
  • CT CLE 1.5
     
  • HI CLE 1.5
     
  • IL CLE 1.5
     
  • ME CLE 1.5
     
  • MT CLE 1.5
     
  • NJ CLE 1.8
     
  • NV CLE 1.5
     
  • VT CLE 1.5
     
  • WA CLE 1.5
     
  • WV MCLE 1.8
     
The CLE Code is ONLY a requirement when applying for CLE Credit in California (for participatory credit), Kansas, New Jersey or New York. Other states do not need to supply the CLE Code to apply for CLE credit.

This program does NOT qualify, nor meet the National Standard for NASBA accreditation.

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Faculty

Mark White

Mark White

White & Smith, LLC

  • Partner in the office of White & Smith, LLC
  • Practice emphasizes land use and zoning, focusing on code development and drafting
  • Completed over 150 development code updates, zoning regulations, and comprehensive plan/smart growth implementation projects for local governments in over 36 states
  • Conducts regular seminars and workshops on numerous zoning and development codes, from comprehensive rewrites to specific types of updates (such as sign codes)
  • Author of numerous publications related to codes, zoning and urban planning
  • His articles have appeared in a variety of notable publications, including the American Planning Association’s Planning Advisory Service, the American Bar Association’s Urban Lawyer, the International Municipal Attorneys Association’s Municipal Lawyer, and the United Kingdom’s Transport Policy
  • Member of Missouri Bar, American Institute of Certified Planners, Congress for the New Urbanism, and International Municipal Lawyers Assocation
  • J.D. and M.A. degrees of urban and regional planning, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • Can be contacted at [email protected] or 816-221-8700
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Product ID: 404345
Published 2019
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