Municipalities are split into districts, or zones, so that certain uses within each zone, the zone's specified use intensity, and building height/bulk/setback can be regulated. Zoning is enforced to help ensure that compatible uses are located next to each other. Additionally, zoning helps protect a community's visual appearance by creating a sense of consistency throughout that community.  

There are two parts to a zoning ordinance:
  • Zoning Text - spells out specifics of each zone, including permitted uses, lot size, height requirements, etc. 
  • Zoning Map - acts as the visual component of the Zoning Ordinance by showing the boundaries of the zones into which the community has been divided.  
Zoning ordinances are important tools that Planning and Zoning Commissions, Zoning Boards of Adjustment, and City Councils use when considering potential development within an area.  

MIDAS Staff assists counties and cities within with any questions pertaining to zoning, including the development/amendment process of zoning ordinances and zoning maps.