Issue: Zoning

LPSCC Draft Positions

Following are position statements drafted by members of the LPSCC Platform Committee, to be considered for adoption by the central committee. They are not yet official positions of the county party.

Zoning is a method of urban planning in which a municipality or other tier of government divides land into areas called zones, each of which has a set of regulations for new development that differs from other zones. Zones may be defined for a single use (e.g. residential, industrial), they may combine several compatible activities by use, or in the case of form-based zoning, the differing regulations may govern the density, size and shape of allowed buildings whatever their use.

Historically, zoning has its origins in the use of racial and class separation (i.e. "red-lining") within neighborhoods of cities.

Government creating artificial categories of business activity and using them as criteria for land zoning is wrong from a standpoint of reasonable government non-intervention into people’s lives … and also very destructive to a society, in part because it constrains the types of relations and synergies to be expected from a system of diverse businesses… that there are therefore no proper categories of business a government can derive that might do justice to the ranges of human behavior and commerce both desirable and needed by a prosperous society.

Zoning implies that some government idiot thinks she knows what I call my business.

Position Summary

  • We oppose all land zoning used in any government process.
  • We oppose all zone-based restrictions of public or private activity. 


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May not represent official positions of the Libertarian Party of Santa Clara County unless so indicated.