The Problems with Large Lot Zoning

Large lot, or parcel, requirements in zoning is often popular for developing communities and seems like a natural approach to manage growth.

Large lot, or parcel, requirements in zoning is often popular for developing communities and seems like a natural approach to manage growth.  But requiring larger parcels (2 to 5 or 10 acres) may have undesirable long term consequences such as a weaker tax base, inability to afford upkeep of infrastructure, loss of rural character, and environmental problems.  This essay explores these issues to help local government officials to form public policy for their community.”

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