Incentive Zoning

Incentive zoning allows landowners to essentially buy their way out from a land-use regulation for a pre-set price.  This is distinguised from illegal contract zoning by the pre-set price (if the governing board has not pre-set the price, a landowner buying their way out will be illegal contract zoning).

For example, a city may offer that if a new office building will have a public parking garage on the first two levels, that building may reach three stories above the zoned height.

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