Part One of this
project examines the feasibility of, and demonstrates the possible applications
in, conducting a zoning research project on the World Wide Web.
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by-laws regulate land use in the United States. These laws divide the land
user by intensity. The intensity-lowest users are single family residences
and the intensity-highest users are high-rise apartments and business or
Zoning laws have different requirements depending on the intensity of usage. For example, a single family residence would have to leave a certain amount of land open (for trees, shrubs and grass or greenspace) in their front, side and backyard under the law. An amendment to the law is needed to change these requirements.
However, in each city there is a Board of Minor Variance which has the power to grant "relief" to its residents without amending the zoning laws. Under the law, violations in zoning are allowed when they are "justified." The Board of Minor Variance considers hundreds of requests each year.