buffer zone


Definition of buffer zone 

: a neutral area separating conflicting forces broadly : an area designed to separate

Examples of buffer zone in a Sentence

There must be a 500-foot buffer zone between the river and the new buildings.

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In addition to enacting zoning rules and buffer zones that together sharply limit the areas where marijuana businesses can locate, municipalities can impose a 3 percent local tax on retail pot sales. Dan Adams, BostonGlobe.com, "AG Maura Healey’s ruling could slow Mass. marijuana industry," 25 June 2018 So far, Egypt has created a 3-mile buffer zone and is in a process of expanding it to about 4.3 miles. The Christian Science Monitor, "In humanitarian gesture, Egypt keeps Rafah crossing open through Ramadan," 18 May 2018 Vulcan’s site plan, which was revised in January, now includes vegetative screening, buffer zones, an outdoor education area, walking trails and a butterfly habitat. Zeke Maccormack, San Antonio Express-News, "Heavy turnout expected at TCEQ hearing on Vulcan concrete permit," 18 Apr. 2018 For the Syrian civilians, the Golan border area is an appealing draw as a de-facto buffer zone. Dina Kraft, The Christian Science Monitor, "Syrian civil war, on Israel's doorstep, brings swirl of changing attitudes," 11 July 2018 Camden said the buffer zone needs to go away sooner rather than later. Kimberly Fornek, chicagotribune.com, "Boundary changes in Hinsdale District 86 back on the table; board plans vote on buffer zone," 5 June 2018 The measures were meant to create a buffer zone as part of Egypt's efforts to purge northeastern Sinai of Islamic militants following the 2014 Islamic State group bombings that left dozens of soldiers dead. The Christian Science Monitor, "In humanitarian gesture, Egypt keeps Rafah crossing open through Ramadan," 18 May 2018 Natural barriers, buffer zones, and vegetative cover protect ditches and streams and contribute to healthy watersheds. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "Here's Why Real Christmas Trees Are Better For The Environment," 29 Nov. 2017 So far, Egypt has created a 3 mile buffer zone and is in a process of expanding it to 4.3 miles. chicagotribune.com, "Egypt's president announces Rafah crossing with Gaza open entire month of Ramadan," 18 May 2018

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1908, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of buffer zone

: an area that keeps two things separated

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Legal Definition of buffer zone 

: an area designed to separate: as

a : an area with certain boundaries beyond which protestors may not pass

b : an area separating land used for different purposes a buffer zone between the development and the park

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