spot zoning
spot zoning n: the usu. illegal rezoning of a small parcel of land within the limits of another zone that is illegal when not done in accord with a comprehensive zoning plan or when arbitrary or discriminatory compare variance

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

spot zoning
Zoning a parcel of land differently from the parcels around it. For example, a school might be allowed in a residential zone if the local zoning authority decides it benefits the public welfare and is consistent with the city's general land use plan. If a particular instance of spot zoning is challenged in court, the court might find it illegal if it violates the general plan, allows development that is very different from the current surrounding uses, or appears to favor an individual property owner to the detriment of the public. Compare: variance
Category: Real Estate & Rental Property

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


spot zoning
The granting to a particular parcel of land a classification concerning its use that differs from the classification of other land in the immediate area.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


spot zoning
The granting to a particular parcel of land a classification concerning its use that differs from the classification of other land in the immediate area.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

spot zoning
n.
   a provision in a general plan which benefits a single parcel of land by creating a zone for use just for that parcel and different from the surrounding properties in the area. Example: in a residential neighborhood zoned for single-family dwellings with a minimum of 10,000 square feet, the corner service station property is zoned commercial. Spot zoning is not favored, since it smacks of favoritism and usually annoys neighbors. An existing commercial business can be accommodated by a "zoning variance" (allowing a non-conforming use for the time being) or a "grandfathered" right to continue a use existing when the zoning plan was adopted and which will terminate if the building is torn down.
   See also: grandfathered in, zoning

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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