By Deborah Rosenthal

Nonconforming uses, the natural by-products of zoning, are created when zoning rules change over time and the old uses are grandfathered in under the original approvals. How the grandfathered uses are treated, how long they survive, and how much they are allowed to change are all decided, in the first instance, by the planning commission.

Part one and part two of this article discusses the governing rules.

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Authored By:

Deborah M. Rosenthal, AICP
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Reprinted with permission from The Commissioner, copyright Fall 2010 & Winter 2011 by the American Planning Association.