The Zoning Ordinance impacts different people in different ways. In general, the ordinance spells out what can be developed in each district and what permits are required.  Some other examples include:

Residents and Homeowners: Zoning controls how property can be used in residential zoning districts. For instance, zoning regulations may prohibit the operation of a business or the construction of an apartment building in a single-family residential zone.

Business Owners: Zoning determines where you can locate your business and how much parking you need. Zoning also regulates how large your sign can be and where it can be placed.

Developers: Zoning determines the size and shape of new development and where it can be located. For example, the number of homes that can be built within a subdivision is determined, in part, by the Zoning Ordinance.

Design and Construction Professionals: Zoning contains rules related to landscaping, parking, lighting, and building design, as well as the size and shape of new development.