Digital Zoning Codes and Comprehensive Plans

Zoning Practice — October 2017

By Pete Sullivan, AICP


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There now exist a number of options for planners to present their zoning codes and comprehensive plans in a clear and engaging manner. The article surveys eight options for self-publishing zoning codes and comprehensive plans on the web, and also describes how to evaluate those formats which are best suited to meet the needs of those working in a public-sector agency.

One of the primary goals of this article is to ensure that authors are aware that the choices for digital publishing are not limited to either publishing a static PDF on a website or fully outsourcing document hosting to a third-party vendor.

This edition of Zoning Practice discusses the various options for publishing modern, interactive zoning codes and comprehensive plans in a feature-rich, web-ready format.


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Oct. 1, 2017
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About the Author

Pete Sullivan, AICP
Pete Sullivan, AICP, is Senior Development Services Manager at the City-County Development Services Center in Durham, North Carolina. Pete’s team provides direct customer service and is dedicated to improving the timeliness, quality, and predictability of Durham’s development process. Pete’s professional planning work includes public and private sector experience in development review, policy planning, code drafting, land use regulation, and digital publication. Pete is the author of Digital Zoning Codes, which appeared in APA’s Zoning Practice in October 2017. Pete is also Co-Chair of the Communications and Public Affairs Committee of the North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association and an occasional contributor to Planetizen. His project work been recognized by the Washington State Governor’s Office, Puget Sound Regional Council and Washington State Chapter of the American Planning Association.