Ridley Park, PA asked in Construction Law for Pennsylvania

Q: What is spot zoning and how do we stop it

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Mark Scoblionko
Mark Scoblionko
  • Construction Law Lawyer
  • Allentown, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: "Spot zoning" refers to a request that a specific, small section be carved out of an exisiting zoning area and re-classified to a new zoning area to accomodate a new intended use. The name comes from the fact that a "spot" out of an existing zoning area is sought to be changed. If a practice is, indeed, "spot zoning," the practice is unconstitutional. In order to try to stop it, you need to consult knowledgeable zoning counsel and challenge the process in the administrative bodies considering the zoning change and, if necessary, go to court to seek a reversal and an injunction.

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