Zoning 101: How It Influences Livability

Posted on 05/03/24

Why are so few cities, towns and neighborhoods in the United States walkable? Why is it so difficult to find vibrant communities where people of all ages, incomes and backgrounds can easily live, work, shop and play?

The answer, in many locations: zoning codes and land-use ordinances. In some communities, the lack of walkability, opportunity and livability stems from zoning and development decisions that intentionally separated people by race, faith, ethnicity or income.

Join AARP Ohio virtually on June 4 at 4 p.m. as we break down the A-to-Zs of zoning and highlight recent efforts in Ohio communities to enhance walkability and community vibrancy and increase housing options for older adults and people of all ages.

Zoning Explained

Zoning refers to a set of municipal (local) laws or regulations that govern land use. Zoning codes were established in the early 20th century to manage how communities develop. These codes determine what buildings in a defined area can be used for residential, commercial, industrial or a mixed use, and where infrastructure can be located. In addition to controlling how land is used, zoning can also establish development standards, such as building height, lot coverage and parking needs.

Zoning codes are used in nearly every municipality in the United States. Currently, several Ohio communities are seeking to remove zoning obstacles and enhance the walkability of neighborhoods, improve housing options and improve livability.

What's In It for You?

You'll gain a better understanding of how zoning regulations impact communities’ walkability and livability, and how you could improve the livability of your community.

Be in the know, sign up for AARP Ohio online on June 4 at 4 p.m. as we break down the A-to-Zs of zoning and highlight recent efforts in Ohio communities to enhance walkability and community vibrancy, and increase housing options for older adults and people of all ages.

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