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Zoning is the process of dividing land in a municipality or planning area, into zones.

Zoning may specify a variety of outright and conditional uses of land. It may also indicate the size and dimensions of land area as well as the form and scale of buildings. Guidelines can direct urban growth and development.

Zoning is a technique of land-use planning in most developed countries.

It is a term derived from the practice of regulating the use, form, design and compatibility of development. It is usually enacted as a by-law with the respective procedures. There is a wide variety of provisions that apply to zones which may provide for mixed-uses or separation of land uses.

Similar urban planning methods have dictated the use of various areas for particular purposes in many cities from ancient times

Zones are depicted on maps and defined in planning scheme or local environmental plan ordinances.

Zoning details together with overlay controls define the potential of land for future development.

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