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.  

Hotel: Holiday Inn Express Chapel Hill
6119 Farrington Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27517
(919) 489-7555

A block of rooms has been set up at the Holiday Inn Express Chapel Hill with a special rate of $89.00. To reserve a room please call the hotel directly at (919) 489-7555 and provide the name "Zoning Practice". To receive the special rate, reservations must be made no later than September 18, 2018.

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
919.966.4414
For questions regarding course details, including location, schedule, materials, and continuing education credits, please contact:

Julie Truluck

Program Manager, Leadership Group
919.962.4252
David Owens
Gladys Hall Coates Professor of Public Law and Government