down·​zone | \ ˈdau̇n-ˌzōn How to pronounce downzone (audio) \
downzoned; downzoning; downzones

Definition of downzone

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: to reduce or limit development or the number of buildings permitted on the county downzoned rural land to allow only one home per ten acres

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So to block that, the City Council voted Monday to shift the land temporarily into the Pike Market historic district — which for the time being would effectively downzone it by 40-plus stories. Danny Westneat, The Seattle Times, "With the Showbox, we’re all NIMBYs now," 15 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of downzone

1957, in the meaning defined above

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