This publication summarizes the various land use management tools which New York State municipalities can use to help deal with issues of community character and change. It is a primer that briefly describes both the importance of planning to identify how a municipality wishes to develop, as well as the regulatory techniques available to help it realize its goals. It begins with a discussion of the comprehensive plan, continues with a survey of various zoning tools which can be used to regulate land use and development, and concludes with an explanation of other methods which can be used to manage a municipality’s land resources and the built environment.
Creating the Community You Want: Municipal Options for Land Use Control
New York State Department of State Division of Local Government Services
Albany, NY: New York State Department of State Division of Local Government Services
June 01, 1998
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