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[ zoh-ning ]


  1. (especially in city planning) of or relating to the division of an area into zones, as to restrict the number and types of buildings and their uses:

    zoning laws.


  1. The establishment by local governments of districts that are restricted to various types of manufacturing, commercial, or residential use.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of zoning1

First recorded in 1810–20; zone + -ing 2

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Example Sentences

That jaw-dropper and how we got to it was the subject of a deep dive into the origins of San Diego’s single-family zoning laws by Andrew Keatts this week.

It has been that way for nearly 100 years since San Diego passed its first zoning ordinance.

San Diego followed the trend by adopting its first zoning ordinance in 1923, following months of debate, including over the city attorney’s belief that it was illegal.

By the end of 1923 the city was refusing to grant a University Heights zone because an appeals court ruled against Los Angeles’s zoning plan.

City and state leaders, though, continue to have robust debates about the best way to address the exclusionary nature of single-family zoning, and the racial and income segregation it has perpetuated.

How a workable civilization is less about perfection and more about strict zoning.

Some towns in California have already passed zoning rules mandating that new construction come with solar panels.

Zoning boards and city councils often throw up obstacles to expansion.

The problem of lack of zoning by the State for construction in the Druze villages is seething under the surface.

Its reliance on single-use zoning, for instance, can make it seem like urban sprawl is the only way for cities to grow.

This zoning offers no real contradiction of the usual pattern of Pennsylvania migrations.

New York has made an elaborate report on the zoning of the city into business, industrial, and residential areas.

The selling-floor location of these utility units determines the zoning system of the warehouses on the tenth.

A class is an expression of interest, not the product of statistical distribution based on birth and zoning.

Bribery and personal-interest scandals often are rooted in zoning matters.