Code and Zoning Audit

The Smart Growth Code and Zoning Audit will help you review the land use (zoning) codes and regulations in your community to see if they help your community achieve its vision for smarter growth.

This Tool will help you identify the rules and regulations in your community that support or block smart growth. It will also show the gaps in the regulations where a lack of standards may be hindering smart growth development.

Using the Code and Zoning Audit

Depending on what your community needs, you can use the whole audit or you can use segments of the audit.

You can use this tool as a guide to understanding your community’s codes and zoning regulations. It will help you appreciate which regulations are critical to achieving smart growth and how standards imposed by regulation can enable or hinder smart growth.

You can use this tool to learn more about a how each smart growth principle is expressed in regulations and to understand what kind of regulations support the principle.

You can use it to audit one specific topic (such as street connectivity) of your codes and zoning regulations.

You can conduct a full audit of all your community’s codes and zoning regulations.

You can also use this tool to review proposed changes in your community’s codes and zoning regulations.

To download the Code and Zoning Audit (PDF), click here.
To download the Code and Zoning Audit (.doc), click here.