Spot Zoning

Definition - What does Spot Zoning mean?

Spot zoning is a zoning technique in which small parcels of land within one type of zone are designated for purposes that the surrounding areas are not designated for.

In the context of the law, the local government typically has the authority to conduct spot zoning if it feels it is necessary.

Justipedia explains Spot Zoning

Many zones within towns and cities are designated for certain purposes. For example, a town may have a residential zone, a commercial zone, a recreation zone, etc. However, a local government may decide to use spot zoning if it feels that it would benefit the community. For example, a local government may spot zone a three-acre plot in an industrial zone to be used as a park. Meanwhile, the surrounding 500 acres may be all industrial.

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