Zoning Practice

This three-day intermediate course investigates zoning authority, procedures, and administration, including decision-making procedure, permitting and enforcement, and limits on zoning. This course is offered annually in the fall.

This course is for intermediate planning and zoning staff with responsibilities for drafting and administering zoning ordinances. 

General Course Content

  • Decision Procedures
    • Legislative Decisions [3 hr]
      • Amending the ordinance (notice, hearings, protests, planning board review, statements)
      • Spot zoning
      • Conditional and contract zoning
      • Development agreements
    • Quasi-Judicial Decisions [3 hr]
      • Conducting evidentiary hearings (evidence, findings)
      • Impartiality
      • Staffing the board of adjustment
  • Limitations and Regulation of Particular Uses [3 hr]
    • Constitutional limits (Takings, First Amendment)
    • Statutory limits (state and federal)
    • Existing development and vested rights
  • Administration [3 hr]
    • Administration (officers, liability, conflicts of interest)
    • Permits  
    • Interpretations
    • Inspections and enforcement (Inspections, warrants, NOV, penalties)
  • Topics in Zoning [4 hr]
    • Intro to preservation, design and form
    • Case study/Field visit/Class exercises/Small group discussion
The Local Government Federal Credit Union offers scholarships to local government employees to apply towards tuition for conferences, classes, and seminars offered by the School of Government. There are five deadlines to submit applications: March 1, June 1, September 1 and December 1.

Additional information

Prerequisites:  Foundations in Planning and Development Regulation or permission of the course administrator. 

  • Chapel Hill, NC
    October 16 - 18, 2019
    UNC School of Government
    CB#3330
    Chapel Hill, NC 27599
    View Scholarship Information
    The Local Government Federal Credit Union offers scholarships to local government employees to apply towards tuition for conferences, classes, and seminars offered by the School of Government. There are five deadlines to submit applications: March 1, June 1, September 1 and December 1.
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    Course participants who cancel their registration on or before October 08, 2019 will receive a full refund. No refund will be made for cancellations on or after October 09, 2019, but you will receive a transferrable credit to be used within 12 months. Click here to view the School’s full cancellation and refund policy.
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    Holiday Inn Express – Zoning Practice

    A block of rooms has been set up at the newly renovated Holiday Inn Express Chapel Hill with a rate of $84.00. The rate includes a full deluxe hot breakfast and Wi-Fi. To reserve a room online please click the link  Zoning Practice . To reserve a room by phone call the hotel at 919-489-7555 and provide the name Group Code "ZPA”. To receive the discounted rate reservations must be made no later than September 13, 2019.

    Hampton Inn & Suites Chapel Hill- Zoning Practice
    A block of rooms has been set up at the Hampton Inn & Suites Chapel Hill with a rate of $94.00. The rate includes a full deluxe hot breakfast and Wi-Fi. To reserve a room online visit chapelhillsuites.hamptoninn.com and use Group Code “ZPG”. To reserve a room by phone call the hotel at 919-403-8700, press 0 and provide the Group Name “Zoning Practice". To receive the discounted rate reservations must be made no later than September 13, 2019.

    $425.00
    If you are a returning customer, please note that we have a new course registration system that we hope will be easier for you to use. If you encounter any registration issues, please explore our list of frequently asked questions or contact us at registration@sog.unc.edu or 919.966.4414.

Electronic Materials: We are now utilizing Sakai, a secure online site accessible to registrants only. You will receive instructions via email on how create your account and log on this site prior to the program date. You will then be able to access this site and print materials and bring copies with you if you choose. Or you may bring your computer or other device to access materials online during class. It is not necessary for you to have printed materials for class. You will also find your parking pass, the room number, agenda and timeline for the course on Sakai.

For all registration questions, resetting passwords, or login issues please contact:

Dale Zuckert

Assistant Registrar, Registration and Client Services Group
919.966.4414
For questions regarding course details, including location, schedule, materials, and continuing education credits, please contact:

Carla Stowe

Program Manager, Local and State Government Group
919.843.8176
David Owens
Gladys Hall Coates Professor of Public Law and Government