zon·​ing ˈzō-niŋ How to pronounce zoning (audio)
: the act or process of partitioning a city, town, or borough into zones reserved for different purposes (such as residence or business)
also : the set of ordinances by which such zones are established and regulated
voted to change the town's zoning
zoning laws

Examples of zoning in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There’s a fear that a wily builder could successfully challenge Rappahannock County’s 25-acre zoning in court and then force large-scale development on the county. Dana Milbank, Washington Post, 10 July 2024 Changes in zoning rules and regulations are best left to the counties. Sasha Hupka, The Arizona Republic, 9 July 2024 Throughout our state, town after town is voting to prohibit cannabis sales, or hijacking zoning processes to prevent cannabis dispensaries from opening. Tiana Hercules, Hartford Courant, 8 July 2024 On June 1, a zoning workshop was held at the Artes de La Rosa Cultural Center to give residents an understanding of zoning regulations. Kamal Morgan, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 8 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for zoning 

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Word History

First Known Use

1912, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of zoning was in 1912

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“Zoning.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zoning. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

Legal Definition


: municipal or county regulation of land use effected through the creation and enforcement of zones under local law

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