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Land Use, Planning, and Zoning Legal Research Guide: Model Codes and Enabling Acts

This research guide contains links to primary and secondary sources useful in the study of land use, planning, and zoning law. Also included are pages focused on special topics in land use law.

Model codes, often proposed by an organization that has studies the land use issues at hand, can be a great jumping off point for your research. They will often be accompanied by some commentary that describes the development of the code, and may list municipalities that are known to have adopted the language in the model code. 

In addition to these collections of model codes, model codes can be found on various websites, drafted by a variety of groups, relating to specific aspects of land use law.  


The American Planning Association provides the text of several enabling acts and related materials.

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