Zoning Districts and Uses
What is the purpose of Zoning?
Zoning of land is the tool used by the County to regulate the use of property for the purposes of protecting public health, safety, and general welfare of the community. The purposes of Zoning are to regulate land use, prevent land use conflict, and allow growth to occur in a rational manner.
What is the difference between Zoning and Future Land Use?
Future Land Use (FLU) is a generalized approach to land use, whereas Zoning is divided up into more detailed uses that support very specific types of development. For example, the Commercial FLU designation is broken up into many Zoning districts, including BR (supports Retail uses), and BW (supports Warehouse uses).
Zoning aims to:
- Use land for its most suitable purpose.
- Protect or maintain property values.
- Promote public health and safety.
- Protect the environment.
- Manage traffic.
- Manage density.
- Encourage a variety of housing types.
- Manage aesthetics.
- Provide for more orderly development.
- Help attract businesses and industry.
Zoning Districts and Requirements
Zoning districts implement the Future Land Use designations adopted on the Future Land Use Map 2030. These zoning districts also implement
the goals, objectives and policies of the Alachua County Comprehensive Plan and other adopted maps.
Every zoning district has standards that specify development density, building height, dimensions, setback and other requirements that must be met, as outlined in Chapter 403 of the Land Development Code (ULDC).
- Department of Growth Management
- Steve Lachnicht , Growth Management Director
County Annex Building, 10 SW 2nd Avenue, Gainesville, Fl 32601
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