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

Local Government Federal Credit Union offers scholarships to local government employees to apply toward tuition for conferences, classes, and seminars offered by the School of Government. There are four deadlines to submit applications:

  • March 1 (for courses starting between April 1 and June 30)
  • June 1 (for courses starting between July 1 and September 30)
  • September 1 (for courses starting between October 1 and December 31)
  • December 1 (for courses starting between January 1 and March 31)

Additional information

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

There currently are no scheduled offerings of this course.

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