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Introducing The Zoning Handbook: A Comprehensive Resource for Municipal Officials and Developers

At Schain Banks, we are always on the lookout for valuable resources that can assist our clients in navigating the complexities of zoning and land use laws. One such resource that stands out is The Zoning Handbook, authored by Ronald Cope, a partner at Schain Banks.

The Zoning Handbook packs a wealth of information into a single volume, making it an indispensable guide for municipal officials, developers, and anyone involved in zoning issues. This comprehensive handbook answers many common zoning questions in clear and concise language. It provides thorough explanations on critical topics such as:

  • The differences between variations and special uses.
  • What constitutes a regulatory taking.
  • The use of aesthetic considerations in zoning.
  • First and Second Amendment protections.
  • The operations of plan commissions and zoning boards.
  • Low-income housing laws and their implications.
  • Drafting effective zoning ordinances.
  • Reliance on existing zoning laws.
  • And many other essential land use concepts.

Whether you are a municipal official seeking guidance on zoning laws or a developer navigating the regulatory landscape, The Zoning Handbook is a must-have resource on your bookshelf. It provides practical insights and answers that are crucial for making informed decisions in the realm of land use and zoning.

For those interested in acquiring a copy, the Illinois Municipal League, which publishes the book, has made it available online, ensuring that this valuable resource is accessible to everyone: https://www.iml.org/publications.

Ronald Cope, the author of this handbook, brings decades of experience to the table. As a seasoned attorney, he has represented numerous municipalities, appeared before countless plan commissions and zoning boards, and successfully litigated a wide variety of land use cases in both trial and appellate courts.

For more information on how The Zoning Handbook can benefit you or to seek expert legal advice on zoning and land use matters, feel free to contact our law firm. We are here to help you navigate the complexities of zoning with confidence and expertise.